Visit Castle Gracarjev turn

Gracarjev turn, Feistenberg, Faistenberg, Gratze

01Litography of mansion Gracarjev turn made in 1679 by Johann Weikhard von Valvasor.

Country: Slovenia
Region: Lower Carniola
Municipality: Šentjernej
Settlement: Hrastje
Object: castle Gracarjev turn
First mention: in the year 1311
Preservation: preserved

*The castle is mentioned for the first time in the year 1311 as Gratze der turn auf der Mark. Meaning “the tower of noble Grätzer in Slovenian mark”.

Coat of Arms of Slovenian Mark

*The castle is named after the noble family Grätzer from castle Gradec in Bela krajina. *The local people call it Tolsti vrh after a massive mound that was found there and an old legend surroundig the area.
*The last of noble Grazer’s family died shortly after the year 1540.
*The castle was attacked several times by the Turks, Uskoks and the Bosnian hajduks.
*In 1942 the castle was burnt down by the  partisans, but was restored after the war in 1952.
*During the Second World War, the owner of the castle Herbert Herry Schöppl noble Sonnwalden collaborated with the Partisans and thus retained ownership even after liberation. He remained the only Slovenian post-war castle owner. In 1986, Neda Schöppel, daughter of Herbert Schöppel was murdered over dispute of the castle ownerhip.
*Castle has a large wooden doors made from a single piece of wood, which were made with an axe. Behind the wooden door is a small castle jail.

Knights Herwarth and Mainhard from Graez (1328), Jožef Grazar the last of the Grazar line was the owner till his death in year 1540, nobleman Jurij Altenhaus (1545),  Anton Rudež and relatives Schoppel from 1821 till present day.

*There is a legend about a castle, which was supposed to stand on the location of a church on Tolsti Vrh in the vicinity of castle Gracarjev turn, which was destroyed by the Turks.

*According to Valvasor, the Turks in the second half of the 16th century captured on the field of Šentjernej a Baroness Thurn and tried to force her. Because she was defending herself with all of her power, they cut off both of her hands and she died honorably.


Images made by Vigilant Knight

Ivan Stopar, Zbirka Grajske stavbe, založba Viharnik, Ljubljana.
Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola 1689.

Source: Gradovi v Sloveniji
Source: Gracarjev turn wikipedija
Source: Enciklopedije naravne in kulturne dediščine na Slovenskem
Source: občina Šentjernej

45°48’58,09″ N 15°17’48,72″ E


2 thoughts on “Visit Castle Gracarjev turn

  1. ‘Died honorably?’

    1. VigilantKnigh 28 Oct 2018 — 12:02 pm

      The legend is derived from the book “Die Ehre dess Hertzogthums Crain” written by Johann Weichard Valvasor and published in 1689. I copied it from there as is written.

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