The castle of Vurberk is situated on the southern edge of the Slovenske Gorice hills and was first mentioned in 1238. It was badly damaged during a bombing in 1945. A smaller part of the ramparts was renovated, while the biggest part is still in ruins. Today, the castle is mainly used as a performance site, as there is an 'amphitheatre' in its yard.
In the wall of the Church of the Virgin Mary are tombstones of noblemen and a medallion with a portrait from antiquity.
In the immediate vicinity of the castle, they have recently discovered energetic points, in total 31 so far, which have become very popular with people due to their, apparently, healing purposes. The oral tradition has it that every day during the reign of the Herberstein family the family doctor used to send patients suffering from pulmonary diseases on a walk in the forest growing on the castle hill. Patients had to follow determined paths running among trees and rest only on particularly designated spots.
The Vurberk castle lies on a crossroads of four very important directions from east, and another two coming from south and leading to north.References:
The Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches of Rome. The basic floor plan and wall structure of the church date back to the 340s, and much of the structure to 1140-43. The first sanctuary was built in 221 and 227 by Pope Callixtus I and later completed by Pope Julius I.
The inscription on the episcopal throne states that this is the first church in Rome dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, although some claim that privilege belongs to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. A Christian house-church was founded here about 220 by Pope Saint Callixtus I (217-222) on the site of the Taberna meritoria, a refuge for retired soldiers. The area was made available for Christian use by Emperor Alexander Severus when he settled a dispute between the Christians and tavern-keepers.
The church underwent two restorations in the fifth and eighth centuries and in 1140-43 it was re-erected on its old foundations under Pope Innocent II.