Thursday, September 17, 2009

Old fortress Kalnik

One of these september days we made an outing to the old fortress Kalnik placed on the stone hill Vuklenec what is a part of the hill Kalnik.It's no far from my town,only a half hour by the car.
The first written sighn of the Old town of Kalnik dates back to the 1243,when king Bela IV mentioned its role in the battle against Tartars.The town,built on a steep cliff and sorrounded with defensive walls,was invicible for its attackers.Many rulers and noblemen held it as their property over centuries.
The walled town of Veliki Kalnik is a complex of buildings made in various stylistic periods.Its lower part,from the east,still shows the remains of St.Chaterine's Chapel.The very fortress was abandoned from the middle of 17th century.Conservation works and clearing of the site were carried out in 1963,and during 2004,a permanent afore planned research and preservation of newly discovered walls continued.
Stairs to the highest tower..
..and the wiev from there on the lower parts of fortress..
The local population are called "Plum noblemen" or small landed gentry according to the legend about the town defenders: during Tartarian siege the dwellers fed king Bela IV with plums,thus enabling him to survive and scare the enemy away.To show his gratitude the king made them noble.


mansuetude said...

it must have been amazing to be around those old places, stones. Love so much that last image looking out the window!

Anonymous said...

Hvala za zapis o Kalniku. Zadnji put sam bio na Kalniku prije više od dvadeset godina i jako me raduje, da se je ponešto poradilo na ruševinama.
U potrazi za svojim korenima, sam slučajno naleteo na tvoj zapis.
Lep pozdrava s Kipra,
Bane pl. Kos