Žalec

Defensive Tower & Keuder Wine Cellar

more than a year ago
The squat round tower immediately to the south of St Nicholas' Church is all that remains of the once vast city walls that encircled the old town as protection against the Ottomans during the 16th century. In 2002 it was completely restored, and as Turks are no longer seen as a major threat, the premises have been put to non-military functions. On the top floor is a small ethnographical exhibition, with displays of tools used for grape and wine production over the centuries, while in the basement there is an atmospheric little wine cellar with a comprehensive selection of wine from the Savinja region. On the tower's façade there is a vine that was grown from a cutting of the oldest vine in the world - Maribor's so-called Stara Trta - and next door there is medicinal herb garden, where (older) townspeople like to read and enjoy the pleasing aromas.

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