Lutheran Cellar

Located on a partially manmade terrace protruding from the eastern edges of castle hill, surprisingly little is known about the origins of the so-called Lutheran Cellar, as records of its construction were either not documented at the time or have not survived to the present day. However, judging from its architectural style it is known that the building dates from the middle of the 16th century, and served as a Lutheran chapel for the then newly emerging Protestant religion - which in itself is quite a coup given that the castle grounds were owned by the Archdiocese of Salzburg at the time. This leads historians to believe that the cellar was secretly built on the orders of Baron Janez Khisl, who was the tenant at the time and known as fierce proponent of Lutheranism.

While the exterior resembles an ordinary farm building, the large vaulted interior is decorated with some of the most impressive Renaissance frescoes in Slovenia, which were likely executed by an unknown artist at the beginning of the 17th century. In later years the cellar was later used as a tomb for some of Sevnica's lords and noblemen. Nowadays the building hosts various concerts and other cultural events, but due to ongoing conservation and restoration work on its murals, it will unfortunately be closed to the public until mid- to late-2012.

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