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Predjama Castle Postojna Reviews
Interestingly deep dark history just like the cave it's connected to. Dec 08, 2015
Predjama Castle, (a.k.a. Predjamski grad) is a magnificent 13th century construction located in the rural region of Postojna, Slovenia. As a perfect castle built for defense, it was constructed under a natural rocky arch high in the stone wall to make for difficult access for any would-be intruders. Its outward appearance seems merged from inside a cave and appears outwardly protruding overlooking the rural scenery. Our travel guide also detailed the deforestation of the trees that surrounding area due to the incompatible planting of trees.
Our tour guide explained the history of the castle baron known as knight Erazem Lueger, famous for being a robber and his ownership while under siege from an outside army lobbying for access. He also explained the impenetrable design of the castle which allowed for Erazem to survive for sometime including a secret exit. 25 meters away from the cliff's edge, there is a vertical natural shaft leading inside to the cave that enabled the robber baron to enter and exit at his own convenience to gather supplies and to further fulfill his reputation as a robber baron.
There was further construction with the castles successors of nobility, outfitted with additional places of worship, an armory, a holding cell and a torture chamber. There is also an impressive self-sustaining aspect with the castle, allowing for natural well water to flow into the castle. The Yugoslavian Communist Party seized control in the late 1940's and turned it into a state owned museum.
This is a must-see if you visit Slovenia as one of its landmarks symbolizing its cultural heritage. After 8 centuries, the castle is very well preserved throughout its certain times of destruction and mayhem. There is a pub located nearby as well as a gift shop. I found that the intriguing history behind this castle to be the stuff that a Hollywood Blockbuster should be made of. I enjoyed visiting here and highly recommend it.
Part of the 2015 travels (Japan/US/Canada/Italy/Slovenia/Bahrain) travel blog
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