Medvedgrad Visitor Center - Medvedgrad Castle, Zagreb

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Medvedgrad is a medieval fortified town located on the south slopes of Medvednica mountain, approximately halfway from the Croatian capital Zagreb to the mountain top Sljeme. For defensive purposes it was built on a hill, Mali Plazur, that is a spur of the main ridge of the mountain that overlooks the city. On a clear day the castle can be seen from far away, especially the high main tower. Below the main tower of the castle is Oltar Domovine (Altar of the homeland) which is dedicated to Croatian soldiers killed in the Croatian War of Independence.HistoryIn 1242, Mongols invaded Zagreb. The city was destroyed and burned to the ground. This prompted the building of Medvedgrad. Encouraged by Pope Innocent IV, Philippe (de genere Türje), bishop of Zagreb, built the fortress between 1249 and 1254. It was later owned by bans of Slavonia. Notable Croatian and Hungarian poet and ban of Slavonia Janus Pannonius (Ivan Česmički) died in the Medvedgrad castle on March 27, 1472.The last Medvedgrad owners and inhabitants was the Gregorijanec family, who gained possession of Medvedgrad in 1562. In 1574, the walls of Medvedgrad were reinforced, but after the 1590 Neulengbach earthquake, the fortress was heavily damaged and ultimately abandoned. It remained in ruins until the late 20th century, when it was partly restored and now offers a panoramic view of the city from an altitude of over 500m.
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  • All in all, nice for a viewpoint, but do not remember that it is of historical significance and there is a monument there. Worth visit. You can approach close to the car and take ca 5 - 10 min walk...  more »
  • Medvegrad castle is more of an old fortress than a castle, of historical significance to the region, set in a beautiful forest. There are uphill cobbled surfaces and plenty of steps (worth...  more »
  • We loved our visit here. The hike to get there was far better though. Lots of great photo opportunities here.  more »

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