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Shepherd Entertainment takes you on a tour of Maribor, the second largest city of Slovenia which was built on the two banks ...
of the river Drava close to the Austrian border on the hills at the foot of the Pohorje Mountain.
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Maribor with its 109,000 residence is the second largest city of Slovenia. It was built on the two banks of the river Drava close to the Austrian border on the hills at the foot of the Pohorje Mountain. In 1846, the Vienna trias rail Levine made the city an important Trans of station of people heading to the sea. It becomes an independent destination primarily in the winter when skiers on the Pohorje Mountain lodge here.
The ancestor of the city today was founded in 1147 by the Austrian [Foreign Language] as a defense against the continuous attack to the Hungarians. Under the frontier castle, gradually a little frontier town developed and head to graphs and trade developed nicely. In 1254, the settlement was raised to the rank of city with the entailing privileges. Under the time of Queen Matthias, Hungarian troops off to fight Maribor which was been using its present name since 1836.
Thirteen years later, they became an Episcopal seat. Its university was founded and after World War II, industry also started developing. Today, Maribor is famous for its fairs attracting thousands of locals and foreigners. In the place of the old bridge, a wooden bridge stood for seven centuries which was replace by a new one with a metal construction that it kept its old name. Looking around from the bridge, we can see three bastions. The Jewish tower, the judgment tower and the water tower, all of them strengthen the old city wall and were built during the Turkish scourge.
The bank of the Drava is the best atmosphere in the city. The part of the city called that is also a nicknamed, little Venice. In the old houses, restaurants, seller tag rants and pubs with terraces has been established. The Sunkist hills are Slovenko -- has been a famous wine growing region for centuries. Barrels of wine were shipped from the harbor at the coast of the Drava to the farthest areas of the Monarchy. Some of them are reaching even the royal table of the emperor and Vienna.
In the middle of Maribor, in the area of today’s city park there are once vineyards. The 400-year old grapevine near the old bridge is very much treasured. They say it’s the oldest bearing vine in Europe. Its grapes are processed strictly separated. The wine is filled in 2.5 deciliter bottles and sells it to the high price as a specialty. The summer festival at the city park and the harvest festival in the autumn attract countless visitors. In the water tower, we can find the wine museum today where they exhibited items can of course also be tasted. In the other two towers, this is impossible since art exhibitions are held there.
Behind the Jewish tower, the old synagogue still stands around which the Jewish quarter was located in the middle ages. The round judgment tower was the corner of the city wall, commoners lived in it and this is where judgments where made. The center of the old town is the castle square, in the middle statue was erect for Saint Florian, the patriot saint of firefighters.
In the middle Ages, the houses were built of flammable materials. Lighting was provided by candles and torches and heating and cooking were done by open fire. Fires were frequent which often destroyed large part of the cities. When they’re over, they erected in memorial pillar just like after big epidemics. The teasel of Maribor was built on 1478 to the order of Fredrick III. After consecutive reconstructions its architecture style can’t really be defined anymore. Its eastern side is protected by massive castle walls and the graceful replica of the Loreto chapel leads to western side.
In the luxuriously furnished knight’s room and in the rest of the sumptuous rooms, the city museum is located. The main square [Foreign Language] is situated in the southern part of the old town. In the center, it stands the baroque plate pillar. The golden Virgin Mary statue and the saints surrounded other works of masters Strov. The group of statues commemorates the great epidemic in 1680 when approximately 1/3 of the population died.
The biggest building of the square is the city hall which was reconstructed several times but at last got its original Italian renaissance form back. The Venetian styles balcony is beautiful. The baroque tower is from the 18th century. The Saint Eloisa’s church and the friary built together with its served the Jesuits until the order was dissolved. Then it came into hands of the army. [Foreign Language] square was named after first bishop of Maribor. The statue also stands here.
The cathedral of John the Baptist was built on the grounds of the old cemetery. This is what the grave stones built on the walls commemorate. The city can be proud of having its own opera house. The 20th century red brick building was named after Saint Mary. With its monumental size, it towers above the [Foreign Language] little houses. Partisan’s history starting from here leads to the modern part of the town, to the railway and bus stations.
Here we can find the post office, tourist office, police station and several banks. North to the line of [Foreign Language] there are no more monuments but the city park is worth seeing. The large green area also includes a botanical garden and an aquarium. Let have another look at that the archaic houses of the streets perpendicular to the Drava.