For a small sized country Croatia has its fair share of castles and manors though many of them are in a state of despair. The one in the photo is well preserved and is the most visited castle in the region. Trakošćan dates back to the 13th century, and has changed many owners in the course of its history. It was first built as a fortress within Croatia’s northwestern fortification system to monitor the road from Ptuj to Bednja Valley. Today the castle is owned by the Republic of Croatia and hosts a museum with permanent collection of historic artifacts.
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