Komenda castle was mentioned already in 1149. It was owned by the Sovereign Order of Malta from 1323 to 1780. The castle represents historical construction features and style elements and is an important cultural and historic monument.

A special relic of the castle is its antique lion made of Pohorje marble, which stands on the staircase railing just by the entrance gate. Above the stairs, a bronze plaque with the portrait of France Prešern, our greatest poet, is built into the wall.

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Polzela 113, Polzela, Slovenia
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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovenia

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Marc Lecerc (10 months ago)
Very good looking inside
Srečko Pisnik (2 years ago)
A place where history is felt
Laura M (2 years ago)
The Lady in the tourist information was such a friendly person and gave us billions of tips to do in Polzela and surrounding for 2 days and 1 night. Also a tour through the castle and the history about the small city was so interesting for us. Thank you very much! Hvala Lepa. She made our trip special!
László Gróh (3 years ago)
Very nice staff, the castle is interesting inside, however don't expect more then you can see in 15 minutes.
Annemiek van Drunen (4 years ago)
Very beautiful hidden castle and cafetaria
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