Monday, December 21, 2015

Predjama Castle

The Castle is located 9 km from Postojna and 60 km from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenija.
Predjama Castle literally owes it‘s name (predjama-in front of the cave).

The fairy tale medieval castle has a dramatic setting in the gaping mouth of a cavern halfway up a hillside. Its building was not dictate by comfort luxury. A walk through the castle is definitely a walk through a medieval day. The fittings are typical of that era – modest. Damp, cold and draughts formed part of everyday life in the castle. The small, unglazed windows let little light into the interior, but all of this was outbalanced by the security offered by the cliff behind the castle and by the cave, which apart from anything else offered a tunnel - a secret exit to freedom.
I'm not a big lover of castles but the curiosity always wins.. I only love castles from the outside while the inside sends me shivers. But this castle as you can see is different from the others. It's the first one I saw in a cave and I was amazed by it! If someone knows others please tell me..I would be curious to see them as well.

The legend of Erasmus – ‘Slovenian Robin Hood’.
Erazem Lueger was a 15th-century robber-baron who, like Robin Hood, stole from the rich to give to the poor. During the wars between the Hungarians and the Austrians, Erazem supported the former. He holed up in Predjama Castle and continued his daring deeds with the help of a secret passage that led out from behind the rock wall. In 1484 the Austrian army beseiged the castle, but it proved impregnable. Erazem mocked his attackers, even showering them with fresh cherries to prove his comfortable situation. But the Austrians had the last laugh – finally hitting him with a cannonball as he sat on the toilet. An ignoble fate for a dashing character.
In mid-July, the castle hosts the Erasmus Tournament, a day of medieval duelling, jousting and archery.
Safe Trips ;)
Lucy

8 comments:

  1. This looks great, and I bet that Erasmus Tournament would be *super* photogenic. Good find!

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  2. This is beautiful! I can't wait to go to Europe to finally see actual castles. I love all the temples in Asia, but I'm ready for fairytale structures!

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    1. Well I definitely recommend this one. At least it was something new for me to see a castle in front of a cave...
      I love Europe but I hope to visit Asia asap)))

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  3. This castle looks unbelievable. I'm a huge fan of castles, especially ones nestled among rocks! So cool.

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  4. I have friends from Slovenia and they have been inviting me to go. This is such a great find, adding to the great things I would see! We better go soon!

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    1. I'll be happy to read about your trip to Slovenia, Carol! :)

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  5. This looks like a great castle!

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  6. This looks so gorgeous and fun to explore! My husband loves castles, and we're hoping to someday go back to Europe just to do a trip centered around castles ruins (we live in Seoul right now, so it'll probably be a bit but adding this one to our list!).

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