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Veliki Tabor Castle, Croatia

The fort of Veliki Tabor is one of the most important cultural and historical monuments of secular architecture in continental Croatia, with a unique monumental and authentic fortification structure. Situated at the top of Mount Hum Košni?ki, at 333 meters above sea level, it has dominated the Zagorje area for over half a millennium, during which time the architecture has blended in with nature. The impressive view from Veliki Tabor stretches over the entire Hrvatsko Zagorje area and part of Slovenia. This zero-category monument is one of the most recognizable identities of not only Hrvatsko Zagorje but of Croatia as a whole.

The legend of Veronika of Desini?

According to legend, these parts were once ruled by powerful Count Herman II of Celje. His young son Fridrik, who often went horseback riding across his father’s estate, set his eyes on a frail golden-haired maiden by the name of Veronika. They fell in love, which did not please old Herman. Despite his opposition, Fridrik and Veronika eloped to the town of Fridrihštajn near Ko?evje, Slovenia, where they were married in secret. Old Count Herman soon learned of the marriage and dispatched an army to fetch the lovers. Fridrik managed to send Veronika away, and she fled through Gorski Kotar and Mount Kalnik to the village of Sveta Margita. Fridrik was caught by his father’s soldiers and imprisoned in the Celje Tower, a narrow building 23 meters tall, where he spent over four years. The tower has since been called Fridrikova Kula [Fridrik’s Tower]. Veronika was eventually imprisoned by Herman’s soldiers in Veliki Tabor. Herman accused unfortunate Veronika of being a witch who had cast a spell on his son. A trial was organized, which lasted two days. On the evening of the second day, the judges said: “Count, there is no blame to be laid on this girl, much less crime. The only thing is that she is very much in love with your son Fridrik. However, your eminence, love has never been a sin, much less a crime. Love is one of the most beautiful human virtues! This, your eminence, completes our work.” Despite the verdict, as soon as the judges set off on their way, Count Herman issued an order to his castellan that Veronika be killed. A large vat filled with water was put up in the courtyard of Veliki Tabor, in which Veronika was drowned. Her body was built into the wall connecting the pentagonal tower to the castle entrance. Veronika’s wails can still be heard, especially in long winter nights, along with the howling of the wind…

Collections

Museum items in castle Veliki Tabor are divided into eight collections:

– The prehistoric archaeology collection
– The medieval archaeology collection
– The archaeological collection Vrbovec
– The cultural and historical collection
– The collection of Kavanagh family
– The ethnographic collection
– The art collection
– The palaeontological and geological collection

Opening hours

1st April through 30th September

  • weekdays except Mondays: 09:00-17:00 (museum entrance closes at 16:00)
  • Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 09:00-19:00 (museum entrance closes at 18:00)

October and March

  • weekdays except Mondays: 09:00-16:00 (museum entrance closes at 15:00)
  • Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 09:00-17:00 (museum entrance closes at 16:00)

1st November through last day of February

  • 09:00-16:00 (museum entrance closes at 15:00)

The Museum is closed on

  • Mondays and holidays (1st January, Easter Sunday, 1st November, 25th December, 26th December),
  • With the exception of Mondays that fall on state holidays (Easter Monday).
All information courtesy of http://www.veliki-tabor.hr/ official website of Veliki Tabor Castle

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