Predjama Castle – The castle in a cave

We visited the unconquerable Predjama Castle built within the mouth of a cave in Slovenia. It has been my favorite castle by far — mysterious, fascinating to explore, and has an incredible story behind it.

The castle belonged to the renowned robber baron Knight Erazam of Predjama (Robin Hood of Slovenia).  According to the legend, he sought refuge here after fleeing the Holy Roman Emperor, Fredrick III.  He then found an ally with the Hungarians during the Hungarian and Austrian war.  He hid in the castle for over a year while under siege, mocking the enemy (Austrians) with fresh cherries — they were bewildered about how he was obtaining food and supplies.  Turns out, the hidden passageways within the cave castle allowed him to smuggle in supplies without the enemy knowing.  In the end, he was betrayed by a servant and was blasted by a cannonball while sitting on the toilet!

20160702-_DSC2579

Underneath the castle is a network of cave passages over 14 km in length.  This is one of the tunnels leading out of the cave.

20160702-_DSC2581

It was often hard to tell when the castle walls would end and cave would begin. Many of the walls inside were solid rock.

20160702-_DSC2583

20160702-_DSC2592

These were not easy stairs to climb, but led to a rooftop terrace and beautiful view of the valley.  The grassy area is a tournament field where the knights used to compete.  Every July the castle holds a reenactment of the medieval tournament.  I would love to go back!

20160702-_DSC2589

20160702-_DSC258520160702-_DSC2594

I really loved how the museum displayed how the rooms were actually used.  Most castles are simply rooms with artifacts and lovely grounds to explore. (Interior photos by thousandwonders.net).  The dungeon was a little graphic for the kids, but Benny LOVES a good dungeon.

20160702-_DSC2574

20160702-_DSC2595

I was so glad we made this stop! It was definitely a highlight and totally worth seeing.  I was not surprised to learn it’s been featured on ghost hunting shows and has been investigated by the Discovery Channel for “unexplained events”.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Predjama Castle – The castle in a cave

  1. Jamie Cowan

    This is so cool! I had no idea that Robin Hood was based off a real person. Is this close enough to drive to from your house? The gals and I would love to visit!

    Like

  2. Jamie Cowan

    So, so happy that you are catching up on this blogging. You won’t regret it! And we really love living vicariously! Keep them coming!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s