Legends and myths
Nowhere in Slovenia there are so many (remains of) castles and manors as there are in the river basin of Savinja. The reasons for that can be found in several facts. Firstly it is important to stress that up to 1140 this was the centre of Savinja margraviate, that a lot of property was gained by the Carinthia Krško bishops and last but not least that a lot of noble families settled in this area. Among them, the most important were certainly the mighty counts and princes of Celje.
The Castles are a reflection of an era, however the people in different periods accepted and perceived them quite differently, just like life is getting new forms all the time.
Castles and manors have, with their extraordinary past and present, always teased human imagination. Various stories interwove about the castles, above all about their inhabitants, which were later changed by the people and have been told to their descendants to this day. And due to all those stories and legends about the castles and their inhabitants that were kept by the folk tradition, we can still (magically) relive the past of the mostly castle ruins, that still daringly and proudly stand on the clifs and remind us of their former glory.
Thus a lot of stories and legends about the Old Castle Celje, The Lower Castle, the Counts and the Princes of Celje and people from Teharje, were told.
The storries and legends edited by Janko Orožen: Castles and Manors according to folk tradition and the documentary film Veronika and Friderik (RTV Slovenia 2008)
|Herman II||Barbara Celjska||Friderik II Celjski||Veronika Deseniška||Ulrik II|
avtor slik: Rudolf Španzel; vir: www.luwigana.si