Veliki Tabor – The symbol of Croatian Zagorje open for visitors

Veliki Tabor – The symbol of Croatian Zagorje open for visitors The castle Veliki Tabor near Desnići in Croatian Zagorje, one of the most significant monuments of profane architecture in continental Croatia and a cultural good of the highest category, has recently been re-opened for visitors. The second phase of reconstruction of this noble town, a cultural pearl not just by Croatian but also by middle European standards, has thus been competed. In the past four years over 50 million kunas have been invested in the reconstruction of Veliki Tabor.


The reconstruction began in 2005 with the decoration of the castle porches and a complete renovation of the pentagon tower, popularly called ‘palas’, which represented the first phase of reconstruction that ended in 2007. The outer facades and all the rooftops of the castle were renovated in the second phase and the whole contructive sanation was also carried out. The next phase sees the renovation of the inside of the towers and the museum part of the castle.

Veliki Tabor is one of the rare late Middle Ages and Renaissance fortified towns of continental Croatia which have been preserved in their more or less original shape, noting varios changes throughout the centuries in its architecture. It was built by the noble family Rattkay during the 16th century, and was kept in their possesion all the way until 1793.

It is located on a hill in the picturesque surroundings of the Desnići area and is visible from afar. Its grand towers are a witness to a turbulent history of their makers and former inhabitants as well as their new role of an unmissable cultural tourist destination. The renovation of such a complex monument is very long and hard and after many years of restoration the oldest part – the pentagon tower has also been renovated.

Veliki Tabor is a noble town, which is, thanks to its numerous and valuable characteristics and especially because of its architecture, a monument of culture of the highest category.

The construction of Veliki Tabor began at the end of the middle ages and the beginning of the 16th century. Soon after the construction of the `palas`, an inner and outer Renaissance defense ring with towers was added to the late Gothic core. With this, Veliki Tabor was transformed into a Renaissance castle. With further additions during the 17th and 18th centuries it slowly transformed into a Baroque castle.

Today, Veliki Tabor is an interesting tourist destination with a number of organized cultural events. An attractive event called «Meideval camp (croat. tabor) under Tabor» is held every year and includes military camps being put up, competitions of strength in various medieval styles and a trade fair with an offer of various crafts and original gastronomy dishes prepared according to ancient recipes.

The castle Veliki Tabor is in the ownership of the Republic of Croatia and from 1993 it has been handed over for the use of the museum facility – the Musem of Croatian Zagorje.

The Tourist Board of Krapina-Zagorje County
www.tzkzz.hr

Veliki Tabor
www.velikitabor.com

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