Sunday 21 Jan 2018



Celje is the 3rd largest city in Slovenia and is situated approximately between Ljubljana and Maribor.

The name Celje is derived from the Celtic settlement Kelleia or Kelea from the 3rd and 2nd century BC. In the Roman Empire, in 46 AD, the city was renamed to Celeia and in the Middle Ages the name changed to Cilli and became later under German influence Celle.

The River Savinja flows along the old city. Its cultural heritage reflects a rich and turbulent past. At the time of the Roman occupation Celeia was a popular city, with marble palaces, wide streets and surrounded by impressive walls and security gates. The nickname of the city was Troja secunda.
In the first half of the 13th century an important Slovenian noble family got in charge. These three graves from Celje ruled for a century over large parts of Slovenia. The counts of Celje are still alive in the collective memory of the Slovenes. They were the first Slovenian rulers. The three golden stars that decorate the coat of arms of the Counts of Celje, are integrated in the current Slovenian flag.

The imposing Castle (Stari Grad), which towers high above the city, is a witness from this glorious period. The mighty Stari Grad, located on a rock high above the city of Celje, is one of the most important castles of the Slovenian history. The original castle was built in the second half of the 12th century by the Carinthian Counts of Vovberg. Today the castle is not as attractive as it once was during the rule of the Counts, but the remains are still overwhelming and still dominate the city. A visit to Stari Grad is one of the must see attractions in Slovenia.

The construction of a railway in 1846 led to industrialization. This marked the end of the old days. Celje became a lively cultural and touristic city with a highly developed social life, a commercial, trade and exhibition center, and an attractive environment.

Northwest of the water tower lays the abbey church of St Daniel, dating from the early 14th century. The church has some beautiful frescoes and tombstones, but its greatest treasure is a carved wooden Pieta from the 15th century.

West of the church are parts of the medieval walls and ramparts. Contiguous with Slomškov trg (Slomškov Square) is Glavni trg (Main Square), the heart of the Old Town. It is filled with beautiful mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries, and in the warmer months, the city is full of terraces.








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