Sevnica Castle

While Slovenia may very well have more castles per capita than any other country in the world, few if any can match Sevnica's when it comes to the sheer number of things to see and do within its walls. First recorded in the land register in 1309 as Castellum Liechtenwald, it is set high above Sevnica's old town on a hill that was the site of an earlier castle dating back to the 11th century. While the castle officially spent its first half millennium under the ownership of the Salzburg archbishopric, during this time it had many distinguished tenants, including Baron Boltežar Lamberg, who is known for inviting in 600 peasant rebels during the Croatian-Slovenia peasant uprising of 1573, and the powerful Moscon family, who were responsible for renovating the castle at the end of the 16th century in a late Renaissance style that has persisted until the present day. The Salzburg archbishopric finally sold the castle in 1803, and thereafter it changed hands quite frequently until being nationalised at the end of the Second World War. Unfortunately the castle fell into disrepair in the years that followed, but has recently been returned to its former Baroque glory after extensive renovation and restoration works.

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