+Turjak+

Items:                       
The coat of arms
The Luther's chapel
The lime-tree
The Bajdinec falls
The tomb
The chapel
The heart
          Turjak castle is rightfully considered one of the most important and best
  known castles in Slovenia. Its existence of more than eight hundred years is
  closely related to the political, social, cultural and wartime history.

  The castle was first mentioned already in 1162. It has faced the Turkish
  invasions, the Reformation period, the beginning of Slovene literature and
  the time of the II World War.

  Due to the well preserved parts of the fortress from the first decades
  of the 16th century, it is considered one of the oldest examples of the
  Renaissance fortress architecture, not only in our country, but also in
  the whole Central Europe.



Coat of Arms

  Coat of arms on the top of the tomb in the chapel in Turjak cemetery.
  It was the first tomb of Turjak counts. Wild bullock or tur was chosen
  by counts of Turjak for their coat of arms because of a legend. The
  legend says that a heroic count of Turjak caught the last tur left
  after 5 days of hunting. That tur blocked the building of a castle.
  Their castle, family and village are named after the tur.



The Luther's chapel

     Frescos in Luther's chapel in
     castle Turjak. The chapel was
     presumable built before the 14th
     century.



The lime-tree

     Lime-tree in Turjak. A more than 300 years
     old natural monument has 7 meters of extent.
     People say that it is more than 700 years
     old.



The Bajdinec falls

     The second of four Bajdinec falls
     in Turjak - 5 to 6 meters in hight.



The tomb

     Count's tomb in Turjak cemetery.
     The counts were buried there after
     the year 1915.



The chapel

     The chapel which testifies to the link
     between the castle and the settlement of
     Turjak was opened again to the public for
     liturgical service on 8th December 1990
     on Virgin Mary's Day. It was consecrated
     by the archbishop of Ljubljana Alojzij
     Šuštar.


The heart

     In the chapel in Turjak Cemetery there is
     the heart of the count Hanno von Auersperg
     (1838 - 1861). The legend says that his
     father sent him to Napoli in Italy to forget
     the peasant girl he fell in love with.
     One day he took his life thinking of his
     beloved. His last wish was that his heart
     would rest near the girl he loved.