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Trakoscan Castle, Croatia

Trakoscan was built in the late 13th century in northwestern Croatian defense system as a small observation fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj to Bednja Valley. According to legend, Trakoscan was named after the Thracian fortress (ARX Thacorum) which allegedly existed in antiquity. Another preserved legend says, it is named after the knights Drachenstein who in the early Middle Ages, ruled the region.

In the boom years of building castles in Croatian Zagorje, in the second half of the 18th century Trakoscan was abandoned. Neglected, it begins to deteriorate rapidly so just in the second half of the 19th century., the family re-interested in its estate in the spirit of the new era romantic return to nature and family traditions. In this spirit marshal Juraj V. Draskovic in residential castle and the surrounding park was transformed into a romantic garden. The next generation occasionally stay in Trakoscan until 1944th when they immigrated to Austria soon after the castle was nationalized.

In 1954 the museum established with a permanent exhibition. Today the castle is owned by the Republic of Croatia.

Lake Trakoš?an is an artificial lake located in Trakoš?an, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Croatia. The lake measures about 1.5 kilometres (1 mi) in length, and around 17 hectares (42 acres) in area. Its average depth is 2.5 metres (8 ft). The water reaches temperatures up to 22 °C (72 °F) in summer. The lake freezes over for three months during the winer. At its inception, the lake functioned as a fish pond, but retained its architectural importance to the present day

In Trakoš?an park, there is a chapel dedicated to St. Cross. It was built in 1754 in the spirit of Baroque classicism

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