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In History

In History

In times gone by, the water represented a key element of the settlement. Towns and smaller settlements always formed near sources of water and only later migrated into the area’s interior. Numerous archaeological remains near the cycle paths along the Mura and Drava are evidence of that fact. Many of the buildings are still standing including castles, mansions, city walls, churches and other similar structures.

Both past and recent history is much appreciated by the locals, as there are and continue to be more thematic museums, which, through the great energy and enthusiasm of their owners, ensure that the history will not be forgotten.

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Stage 1

Ptuj – Zabovci – Muretinci – Ormož

Particularly of interest:
The Orpheus monument stands in the centre of the Slovenian market in Ptuj. The narrow, five metre tall monolith of Pohorje marble is the oldest public monument in Slovenia and is preserved in its original state.

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Stage 2

Ormož – Središče ob Dravi – Varaždin

Particularly of interest:
The Lisakov tower in Varazdin was built in the 16th century as part of the city’s defence system. Today, it is one of only two remaining towers.

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Stage 3

Varaždin – Zavrč – Borl – Muretinci – Zabovci – Ptuj

Particularly of interest:
Borl Castle was first a Hungarian border outpost and was probably built during the first third of the 12th century or even earlier. It’s Hungarian name, Borlyn, means river crossing, and it is also known by its German name of Ankenstein.

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Stage 4

Ptuj – Duplek – Ptuj

Particularly of interest:
In Spodnja Hajdina, the oldest temple of Mithras in the Roman Danube provinces was discovered. It was built in the 2nd century by Illyrian customs officials who had their headquarters in Peoviona.

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