Defence Tower

Legend of the defence tower

One day a dwarf was passing Škrlovec tower when he hit upon the idea that he would take it with him. The captain of the spaceship issues a command to follow the culprit guilty of stealing the tower. They trace the tower to an isolated asteroid, return it to its place, and peace and order is restored in space.

This tale has been told by storytellers for a long time, and moreover about how above the ancient town of Karnija a flock of spaceship-dragons who occupied the town and began to drink its juices of life. In an instant of madness the dwarf grabbed the defence tower and hid it. The town’s citizens looted the weapons from the tower and organised a resistance to rid them. And that is how the dwarf became a hero.

Epilogue to the story: Perkmandeljc is reading a letter. His wife asks: ‘What does it say? What has your nephew been up to again? Perkmandelj replied: ‘He’s behind bars because he stole the tower. He is asking me to pay his ransom.’ Perkmandeljc sets off with a bag on his shoulder: ‘Oh, well. Just what would that loser do without me and my mine of silver?’

The author of the story and the paintings in front of Kranj City Library is the illustrator and conservationist Aleksander J. Potočnik. The initiator of the wall paintings is the Carnica Institute, with the support of Kranj City Library.

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Witchcraft process

Witchcraft process

There is a famous legend in Žužemberk about a witchcraft process that took place in the 17th century.

In ancient times witches gathered in nearby Klek, from where they spread witchcraft throughout the Krajina region, which locals call Suha krajina. Eventually one of them was caught and brought to Žužemberk court. However, throughout the entire, and not to mention rather unpleasant, trial, the residents of Žužemberk were unable to provide evidence of all the unpleasant acts that she was accused of and therefore she was acquitted.

This is why you can still find magic today, however, it is no longer necessary to judge it.

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Gola peč nad Staro rudno potjo

Gola peč nad Staro rudno potjo

Po legendi naj bi bila Gola peč nad Staro rudno potjo vsa votla in da v njenih dvoranah prebivajo vile. Slišati je le njihov glas spomladi, ko kmetom šepetajo, kdaj in kako naj sejejo, da bo pridelek dober.

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Stone Bridge of Love

Stone Bridge of Love

South of Šentjur, above the Kozarica gorge, each on their own hill stood the Ploštanj and Rifnik castles, which were connected by a stone bridge. Legend has it long ago the daughter of the Count of Ploštanj and the young Rifnik knight fell in love. Their fathers did not approve of their love and forbade them to meet, which is why the lovers met secretly on the stone bridge. The Count of Ploštanj found out that his daughter was not obeying him, so he had the stones in the bridge loosened, and expected the bridge to collapse when the knight wanted to visit his daughter. However, the lovers again met on the bridge which, due to the loosened stones, collapsed and they fell into the depths beneath.

Make a wish for endless love and climb the Rifnik hill to the ruins of the castle, then continue the path to the archaeological park, from the edge of which there are wonderful panoramic views.

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The legend of the renovation of St. George’s church

The legend of the renovation of St. George’s church

In the 16th century, the parish church of St. George in Piran, which stands on a hill above the town, was beginning to show signs of age. St. George pointed out this shameful situation to the town’s citizens. He chose a boy who at that time had just arrived in the harbour and ordered him to tell the mayor that he, God’s horseman, is disgusted that the church dedicated to him is falling into ignominious ruin. It was a miracle that it was still standing, but even that couldn’t last forever. 

Therefore, it’s high time that the people of Piran set about its renovation. The terrified boy stammered: ‘But what if the mayor doesn’t believe me?’  St. George threatened ‘He will immediately go blind’. And unfortunately that is exactly what happened. The mayor went blind and the young boy disappeared. This caused the newly-blinded mayor to think deeply. He called a meeting of councillors, a group of discerning and wise men who had helped him to run the town, and told them about his concerns. Together they agreed to repair St. George’s church. On the canvas by Domenico Tintoretto, ‘a happy ending’ is painted in the foreground; the mayor regained his sight and the boy knelt before the throne amongst the group of distinguished people of Piran.

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From where did the Metlika coat-of-arms originate

From where did the Metlika coat-of-arms originate

Once upon a time there was a small village. The villagers built Pungert Castle, which was guarded by farmhands, in which lived a hard-hearted countess.  She took wheat and wine from farmers and threw those who resisted in jail. Whenever she was angry, she swore so much that everyone tensed from fear. And those that she bewitched turned to stone. At that time Metlika was being attacked by the Turks. They burnt down houses but were unable to conquer the castle. One night, when the guards had fallen asleep, the countess saw that the Turks had conquered the castle and in anger she swore: ‘Damn you guards you sleepy heads. I will turn you into ravens’. And immediately the two guards changed into ravens and flew up to the castle tower. The Turks torched the castle and only the tower remained in which the two crows sat and crowed sadly day and night.

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Legend about the Dragon hatched from a Hen’s Egg

About the Dragon hatched from a Hen’s Egg

The legend about the formation of Tržič speaks about a terrifying dragon who triggered a rockslide at the top of Košuta which buried the settlement in the valley below.

‘If an old hen lays an egg, a giant dragon hatches from it’ – this is what older people from the area said. They describe the event thus:

‘Centuries ago more than half the settlement beneath Ljubelj consisted of blacksmiths’ forges. One blacksmith had an old hen which escaped and went up to Košuta where it laid an egg from which a dragon hatched. The dragon dug himself into the mountain, but when he grew into a huge beast it split the mountain in two. This triggered a thunderous rockslide which buried the settlement beneath the mountain. The residents fled to the valley in order to save their lives. When they ran out of breath they stopped. This is where Tržič stands today.’

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Legend of the origins of the Zice Monastery

Legend of the origins of the Zice Monastery

After returning from the Crusade in 1147, it is said that Count Otokar III. from the Styrian border needed some respite, so he went on a hunt to the Konjiška gora mountain. He distanced himself from the other hunters and went into a shady hollow on the south side of the mountain where he suddenly saw an extraordinarily white hind deer. The Count stopped at this beautiful example of nature for a rest and took a nap. Whilst asleep he saw an apparition of a man who shone more than the sun and was dressed in camel’s skin. The stranger introduced himself as John the Baptist and ordered the Count to build a monastery for the Carthusians in the place where he had fallen asleep. They had previously founded the Great Carthusian Monastery in the French Alps, which had been led by Saint Bruno. The Count gave his assurance that the order would be fulfilled and the apparition disappeared. In the meantime, the Count’s escorts approached with dogs who were chasing a rabbit. The animal sought refuge and ran onto the Count’s lap. The Count was woken from his dream by the hunters’ screaming, and in Slovenian he exclaimed “Rabbit, look at the rabbit!” The Count then named this place ‘Rabbit’, in German ‘Seitz’, and the locals still today call the monastery ‘Zajcklošter’ (from the Slovenian word for rabbit: zajec).

Visit the Žiče Charterhouse and the Otakar champagne cellar, herb shop, pottery studio, and enjoy a meal at the oldest still operating restaurant in Slovenia, Gastuž (1467).

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A black man on the coat-of-arms

A black man on the coat-of-arms

What is the black man doing on the Škofja Loka coat-of-arms? He is enjoying the gratitude!

When Bishop Abraham travelled here with his black servant they ran into a huge bear in the woods. The servant killed the bear using a bow and arrow and Abraham said to him: ‘You saved my life. I will reward you for your heroic act by ensuring that generations to come will know what a hero you were.’ And so Abraham had the head of his black servant painted onto the town’s coat-of-arms.

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The legend of the snake with golden crown on its head

The legend of the snake with golden crown on its head

On the edge of the green woodlands,  where from the gentle hills there are wonderful views of the peaks of the Julian Alps, stands the ruins of Waldenberg Castle, also known as Lipnica Castle. In the first half of the 13th century the owners of the castle were the Ortenburgs, who were also the owners of Kamen Castle in Begunje and Radovljica’s square, which was just beginning to take shape.

There is a castle legend about the last Orthenburg, Friderik III. It is said that his wife, Margaret of Teck, poisoned him with a poisonous apple at Lipnica Castle. As punishment, the spiteful countess was turned into a abominable snake with a gold crown on its head. It is said that to this day the snake still slithers around the ruins of the castle.

Another legend speaks about a hidden tunnel which apparently runs beneath the Sava river and connects Lipnica Castle and Radovljica. The tunnel has never been found, however, you can set off on foot from Radovljica to Lipnica Castle on the picturesque Lipnica Castle Natural Science Trail.

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