The Slovenia Times

Mighty Guardians of the Past: Castles in the Slovenian Lands


Most often in ruins, only rarely preserved or even maintained, medieval castles are still synonymous with that distant time usually referred to as feudalism, although castles were actually created only in the mature feudal age, from the eleventh century to the beginning of the Early Modern Period, when they were replaced by more comfortable mansions in the valleys and on the plains. The central thematic exhibition at the Ljubljana Castle in 2019 reveals Slovenia as a country of castles. With its exposé of five Slovenian castles and their associated personalities who marked Slovenia's past, and with various photographic material and models, the exhibition illuminates the rich heritage that has been preserved for us through the centuries by castles. The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of art historian, conservator and castle expert Dr Ivan Stopar, who, with his decades of original and passionate work, brought the Slovenian castle heritage closer to people.

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