Vodni stolp - Water Tower, Maribor

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The Maribor Water Tower is a medieval fortified tower in the city of Maribor, Slovenia. The late-Renaissance tower stands directly abuts the Drava River and dates from 1555. It is of pentagonal form and consists of massive stone blocks interspersed with embrasures. It was built to secure the southeast part of the Maribor city walls from the direction of the river.HistoryBefore the mid-16th century, the southern part of the Maribor city walls was guarded by two round defensive towers, the predecessor of the current Jewish Tower and the predecessor of the Water Tower, known as the Gunpowder Tower (Smodniški stolp), mentioned as of 1529. Around 1555, a decision was made to extend the city's defensive fortifications against Turkish raids to include the municipal port. Italian master builders erected two bastions on the Drava, a tower that came to be known as Mariborske Benetke ("Mariborian Venice") to the west and the Water Tower to the east. The city gates once stood between Benetke Tower and the Judgement Tower.A site called Pristan ("quay") or Lent had earlier developed outside the walls, serving as the mercantile center of old Maribor. Until the construction of the Carinthian railway between Maribor and Klagenfurt in 1863, the Benetke port building saw annual eastward-bound traffic of up to 800 šajke (characteristic local barges) and 1200 rafts.
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  • The Water Tower is a small landmark on the banks of the Drava River constructed in 1555 out of stone as part of the fortification walls of Maribor. Now-a-days on the ground floor of the water tower op...  more »
  • Nice terrace with huge trees and river views. Great on a hot day. The interior can be nice in winter.
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  • It is a typical Renaissance fortress built in the 16th century to defend against the Turks. Now there is therein an exhibition hall and a bar from where we can enjoy a good view of the river
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  • The bar located inside Vodni Stolp was very good. Wine was delicious and atmosphere next to River Drava was very enjoyable and romantic. Definitely recommend to everyone.
  • Wonderful wine in a beautiful setting served by very knowledgeable staff.
  • Top knotch place for chillaxing
  • Part of a old town walls. Todaj it is a nice wine shop.
  • Great place to stop and have wine or a nice refreshing lemonade. Right on the river with trees offering shade in the warm sun.

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