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Old castle of Celje

Old castle of Celje

1. Narodni dom - Once the spiritual and cultural fortress of Slovenes in the city. Built according to the plans of the Czech architect V. Hraski (1879). It has a rich Neo-Renaissance front and festive hall, in which are held a number of concerts and all official municipality ceremonies. Today, the building is the seat of the Municipality of Celje.

2. Pelikan photo studio – One of the very few excellently preserved photo studios featuring a glass roof structure, dating from the 19th century. Acquired by the renowned Celje-based photographer Josip Pelikan in 1920, it is now a part of the collection of Celje`s Museum of Recent History, showcasing both the photographer's everyday life and the bits and pieces of Celje as it once was. A photo session in early 20th century attire can also be booked.

3. Alma Karlin – A cosmopolitan, globetrotter, writer and theosophist, she travelled around the world (1919-1928) on a meager budget and a typewriter, the legendary Erika. She spoke over a dozen languages and her skinny morphology saved her from being devoured by cannibals of Papua New Guinea.

4. A town beneath the town – In the period of Classical Antiquity, Celje – then called Celeia – was home to some 10,000 souls. Town beneath the town is a concept of exhibiting the remains of the Roman settlement, which include an excellently preserved Roman road. This transparently laid out "in situ" exhibition space will take you on a stroll through the ancient times. Perhaps one of Slovenia's most beautiful museums, it won the award for the best Slovenian architectural solution in 2010.

5. Stari pisker – In World War II, this was a notorious prison where Slovenian patriots were locked up, tortured, and executed. In 1944, six daring activists freed 127 prisoners in a raid that would make Hollywood action heroes tremble and blush. Today, it is a part of the Museum of Recent History.

6. Water Tower – Seeing a major deluge every once in a decade, the residents of Celje hardly need to travel to Venice; they are "lucky" enough to see Venice occasionally flood into their city. One witness of high waters in the past is the exposed defense post in the medieval walls – the Water Tower. It got its name from the stone plaque carrying the year 1627 and a relief of a finger pointing to the level of water during the flood in that year.

7. People's Loan Society – The most notable building constructed in Celje during the two World Wars built to the design and plans one of the most known Central European architects Jože Plečnik. Plečnik resolved the tension between two street-side lots with a rounded corner wall featuring balconies, which seamlessly brings the two wings of the building together. While supervising the construction, the prominent gentleman Plečnik could not resist the local wines, which severely challenged his balance as he tried to catch the train to Ljubljana and left him dead to the world throughout the ride.

8. Old castle - This is the largest medieval fortress in Slovenia and in the region of Eastern Alps. The original castle was built in the second half of the 12th century. Owing to the Lords of Žovnek whose meteor-like political ascent driven by skilful politics and speculative marriages also resulted in their elevation to the rank of Counts of Celje in 1341, the Castle became a political centrepiece of Central Europe in the centuries to come.
After 1456 when the Counts were sadly left without heirs, the castle started to deteriorate. Today, it is well restored, offering lovely viewing points, a nice café, and a rich cultural program including concerts and historical re-enactments on weekends.

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