Tolmin Castle Ruins

Tolmin, Slovenia

Tolmin Castle was first mentioned in 1188, and its chapel of Saint Martin in 1194. The east and north towers appear to have formed the original core of the fortress; another two hexagonal towers were added later. The north tower had an extensive basement for the storage of provisions, which along with two wells and rainwater cisterns allowed for the withstanding of sieges.

The castle was held in fief by a long series of masters: the Patriarchate of Aquileia, the Counts of Gorizia, the city of Cividale del Friuli, the Venetian Republic, and finally the Habsburgs. It appears to have functioned as a dedicated fortress rather than a residence, and had no permanent civilian population in peacetime, only a large garrison; it also housed a prison. The structure was severely damaged in the earthquakes of 1348 and 1511, but was repaired each time. It was finally abandoned in 1651 by its last owners, the Coronnini family, for a new manor in Tolmin itself, though it remained sufficiently intact by 1713 to play a role in the great peasant revolt of that year. The castle is currently in ruins, though parts of it have been restored.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovenia

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Rikard Lalić (11 months ago)
It's a plain experience like plain vanilla. It's plain but it is vanilla. I like vanilla.
Daniel Costanzo (2 years ago)
This is a special place, and the hike up 500m climb in 30 minutes) is totally worth it. You can see the entire valley from here, and the points of interest in the hike up are neat. Do this while in Tolmin.
Олег Матвеев (2 years ago)
Nice walk up with lots of useful info on the way
Chantal Van Der Poel (2 years ago)
Fantastic view of Tolmin and the nearby villages. Takes about 30 minutes to get on top, but it's worth it! Remember which route you took up, so you don't get lost like we did because we took another route and ended up at another parking place..
Benjamin Davenport (2 years ago)
Amazing views. Interesting information all the way up and a very pleasant walk through the woods out of the shade up to the top. Would recommend.
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