Momjan Castle

Merišće, Croatia

The Momjan castle, presently dilapidated and ivy-grown, can hardly evoke the power and wealth of the life that characterized it. It was built above the abyss overlooking the Dragonja River, today a border between Croatia and Slovenia. Located at 280 meters above the sea level, it dominates the Dragonja valley, divided from it by the Poganja brook.

Momjan was first mentioned in 1035. The Patriarch of Aquileia was given a rule over it by the deed of gift in 1102. The erection of the fortress began in the first half of the 13th century, when it was given by the Patriarch to the Counts of Devin. The owners of Momjan, the family of Woscalc from Devin and sons, were known for their fickleness and expressed their affiliation depending on interests. Fitting nicely into this feature was their constant desire to gain political functions. They were known for their disputes and conflicts with neighbours, and often fought and changed sides between the Counts of Gorizia and Patriarchs of Aquileia. Almost a cursed town, it constantly changed owners, the property was mortgaged, returned, but always important and mentioned. Thus, it was ruled by the regents appointed by Pietrapelosa and the Counts of Gorizia.

In 1548, the castle was bought by Simone Rota, of the Rota family from Bergamo, who moved to Piran just before purchasing it. Rota gave the castle the trapezoid shape with a square tower, which was renovated as residential quarters. It erected the chapel of St. Stephen and built a new stone bridge. Until it was abandoned in 1835, the castle had a residential function, after which it fell into decay as the Counts of Rota moved to a more comfortable palace in the village. As the castle was long owned by the Rota family, it is known today as the Rota Castle. Only the ruins of the castle remained as reminder of the Momjan's glorious past.

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Most 52, Merišće, Croatia
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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Croatia

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Lorenzo Rota (15 months ago)
Thanks for all the great reviews on my ancestor's castle! ;)
Marko Mihalić (Caram) (2 years ago)
Magnificent historical site! Too bad access was limited for renovation when we were there.
Edgar Bursic (2 years ago)
2 crows were waiting for me
Jess Gibson (3 years ago)
If you want to access the castle, Google tells you to park on Most and walk but you actually want to park up in Momjan and walk down to it (there is a gravel road that goes northwest down from town to Stari Podrum- that is the road to walk a short way down then you’ll see a sign for the walking path to the castle). Now that logistics are out of the way, the castle is under renovation so there is a sign saying access is forbidden. Best you can do now is see it from a little viewing platform.
Adam Rozmus (5 years ago)
Looks really nice - unfortunately because of renovation access to the castle is forbidden
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