Slovenska Bistrica Castle

Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenia

The predecessor of the current Slovenska Bistrica castle is first mentioned in 1265, when emperor Rudolf gave it and the adjoining town in fief to count (from 1286 duke of Carinthia) Meinhard of Gorizia. In 1313, it passed to the Habsburgs, who leased the castle and town to the noble house of Walsee. After 1368, the lordship was obtained by the counts of Celje; after their extinction in 1456 it reverted to the ducal lands. In 1587, the town and castle were bought by Hans Vetter; in 1717 the castle only was sold to the counts Attems, who retained until the end of World War II, when it was nationalized.

Rebuilt into a renaissance mansion in the 17th century, the foundations of the current building adjoin one of the defensive towers of its fortified predecessor.

The layout is trapezoidal, with a turret at each corner and an arcaded inner courtyard. The entire building is surrounded with a moat, now dry. The surrounding estate was planted with rare trees, now neglected, and a hornbeam tree row. The Attems decorated the interior in the early 18th century; the castle features a painted staircase, a chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and a richly appointed great hall.

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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovenia

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vinko000 (14 months ago)
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Katja Blagsic (15 months ago)
Super
Mitja Mladkovic (2 years ago)
Nice castle.
Aleksander Vrecnak (3 years ago)
Nice place, good renovated, really good feeling old stuff, you can see plenty of stuff they had in that day's....
Xavi Gaya (3 years ago)
I liked this castle and the garden in front of it. It was a shame the weather wasn't better to enjoy more time having a walk around
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