The path towards the 'stable' cave below Predjama Castle

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High up in the cliff, apparently accessible from just one side, Predjama Castle commands the surrounding countryside. It's one of the most picturesque wonders of human history. For more than 700 years it has perched proudly on its 123-meter high cliff: powerful, defiant and impregnable – the perfect hideout for the bold, headstrong and rebellious knight Erazem of Predjama, a “robber baron” who is the subject of a romantic and beautiful legend. This legend is recalled today by Erazem’s Tunnel, along which the bravest visitors may still ascend. A view of the renovated castle rooms and their furnishings gives the visitor an idea of how people once lived and worked in the castle – and how well the castle has been preserved. Among the most interesting sights are the living quarters, the chapel and the dungeon. The fascinating objects on view include weapons, oil paintings and a Pietà dating from 1420. From the castle building a passage leads to a refuge in a hollow, where an observation post on the rocky cliff offers a wonderful view over the surrounding countryside. Here you can also see a well and the entrance to the legendary Erazem’s Tunnel. To enter the cave a certain amount of fitness is required for climbing up and down –and the courage to penetrate a subterranean world illuminated only by the light of portable lamps.Thanks to its position and temperature conditions, the cave has gained some interesting inhabitants: a colony of bats. For this reason entrance to the cave is not possible in winter, when the bats are hibernating. Predjama Castle was used as the castle featured in the 1986 movie Armour of God starring Jackie Chan.

Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in southwestern Slovenia, located just 10 kilometres from Postojna. The castle was built under a natural rocky arch high in the stone wall to make access to it difficult.

De Predjamaburcht is een grotburcht gelegen bij het gelijknamige dorp op negen kilometer van de Sloveense plaats Postojna. De burcht werd in de 12e eeuw gebouwd bij de ingang van een grot op 123 meter hoogte in een bergwand. De laatste particuliere bezitter van de burcht was de familie Windisch-Graetz. Zij kregen het in 1846 in handen. Na de Tweede Wereldoorlog werd het kasteel genationaliseerd en werd het een museum. Het kasteel diende in 1986 als decor in de film Armour of God met in de hoofdrol Jackie Chan. De twee belangrijkste bezienswaardigheden zijn het legendarisch renaissance kasteel & de grotten. Via een brug die loopt over de rivier de Lovka kom je binnen in het kasteel die tegen de Predjamagrotten is gebouwd. De mooiste plekjes in het kasteel zijn de leefruimtes, de Sint Anna Kapel & de kerker. Er zijn 3 verschillende ingangen om de Predjamagrotten te bezichtigen. In een bepaald deel van de grot kan je handtekening van bezoekers vanaf de 16de eeuw bewonderen. Daarnaast is de grot een ideale leefomgeving voor vleermuizen die in grote getalen leven ongeveer 600 meter onder het kasteel.

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  1. fgenoher 43 months ago | reply

    That is awesome "Architecture
    Medienhafen
    You deserve another award from "Architecture

  2. fgenoher 43 months ago | reply

    Vista en el Grupo "T Flickr" Travel & Eco_photos"

    www.flickr.com/groups/t_flickr/

  3. Frizztext 43 months ago | reply

    dear Ben, I am very impressed by the photos of your latest journey! thank you for sending some images of your series to my group BLOG IT - so I had the chance to write a little article about architecture:
    flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/lesson-for-modern...
    I hope to support your great work!
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    Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe etc.: architecture has changed, is usually producing cigar boxes with flat roofs and a lot of glass and steel. In history architecture had other goals: not to be the highest needle in the city skyline but in the contrary: to be hidden for some enemies. No airplane had the chance to hit. If cannonballs did, the inhabitants of the Predjama castle for example had a refuge nearby: a large cave, the “Erazem’s Tunnel”. Architecture during many centuries was a creative use of landscape. The expression of a landscape very often was similar to the expression of the buildings. Maybe modern architects should learn again from their ancestors.

  4. @ires 43 months ago | reply

    what an amazing place!

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  5. Christian Vorstenbosch [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

    Fantastiche foto.Mooie compositie en kleuren.

  6. frankartculinary 43 months ago | reply

    …my Compliments,
    … a splendid Photo***

  7. Nivi Ars [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

  8. mefeather 36 months ago | reply

    Prachtig kasteel! Wat een belevenis moet het zijn om dat te bezichtigen. Super.

  9. SANTOSHRAWAT 35 months ago | reply

    I couldn't move away from the picture. It is indeed amazing ..

  10. eepeirson 29 months ago | reply

    I run across your incredible photography so often and am enthralled and informed in a way that means a great deal to me, as I intentionally feed my senses. And today I realized that I need your images as a contact that floats into my emails when you post. Bravo!
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    Seen in your Slovenia set. ( ?² )

  11. ancasta1901 29 months ago | reply

    the infinite bridges of understanding and appreciation
    ~~ the soul rests here ~~

    The TRAVEL PILGRIMS AWARD

    GEO-TAG/MAP & COMMENT 2 required please

  12. Joan-Marie E 29 months ago | reply

    the infinite bridges of understanding and appreciation
    ~~ the soul rests here ~~

    The TRAVEL PILGRIMS AWARD

    GEO-TAG/MAP & COMMENT 2 required please

  13. KetchupKid 28 months ago | reply

    I have a pic of this castle, one of my very favorites, but up until I saw your pic I didn't know where or what it was. Thank you very much!

  14. concho cowboy 8 months ago | reply

    wonderful!
    This Wonderful and Divine image
    Deserve Another FAVTOPMASTERS Award !!!


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    I saw this in FAVTOPMASTERS 200+

    Please Remember post 1, Fav and Award 2

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