Sevnica Castle

Kraj: Sevnica
Občina: Sevnica
Koordinate: lon = 15° 18' 50'' E lat = 46° 0' 28'' N
Nadmorska višina: 248,2 m

Sevnica Castle was first mentioned in 1309 in the Salzburg land register for Brežice and Sevnica under the name “Castellum Lichtenwalde”. At that time, it was the seat of the Sevnica office of the Archdiocese of Salzburg, which had owned the Posavje territory since 1043. [4] We do not know anything about the origin of the castle, but it was most probably built during the time of Archbishop Konrad I of Salzburg (1106–1147) who intensively restored and colonized Posavje after the devastating Hungarian invasions in the 10th and early 12th century. In his book “Sevnica and its Surroundings” from 1938, Viktor Tiller mentions that the castle was connected to the lower castle by an underground corridor at that time. The lower castle still stands today at the central town square in Sevnica. The corridor is said to have been used by the inhabitants as a hiding place from the Turks. However, there are no historically reliable sources about the existence of this corridor, so we must consider this story to be one of the legends, since the Turks were not known to have been Sevnica. In the middle of the 16th century, the Lutheran Cellar was built on the south-eastern slope of the castle hill. The terraces in front of the castle are planted with vines and complemented by a beautifully landscaped park. Sevnica Castle also has a wedding hall where one can admire the Four Seasons fresco.