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Bogensperk Castle 

Bogensperk Castle
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Castle Bogensperk is one of the most significant Renaissance castles in Slovenia. It was also home of the celebrated polymath Johann Weichard Valvasor. The castle was built by the Wagen family, feudal lords of the near by Lichenberg castle.
The first documented records date back to 1533 when Jorg Wentschitsch is mentioned as the castellan. The castle remained the property of the Wagen family until 1627, and had several subsequent owners before being bought by Johann Weichard Valvasor (1641-1693) in 1672. Further to the extensive library and a collection comprising 7,752 graphic prints and drawing by 15th-17th century European masters, Valvasor founded a graphics enterprise and a workshop employing a number of artists and copperplate engravers. In a twenty year period he wrote and published six works of a topographic historical nature and three with a more artists mofit. Valvasor's magnum opus and most famous work was the multi volume Glory of the Duchy of Carniola published in 1689. The publication of the Glory was a massive undertaking which got him into financial difficulties, and in 1692 he was forced to sell the castle. It then had a succession of owners, before becoming a home of Windischgraetz nobility, who were forced to relinquish the property at the end of the Second World War.
Castle Bogensperk was plundered during Second World War, and after the war it was used by the Jesuits for some years. A gradual renovation began in 1972. Today, Bogensperk houses a museum containing exhibition collections pertaining to Valvasor and his era.


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Bogensperk Castle - Castle Bogensperk

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Castle Bogensperk
Bogensperk Castle - Parking area

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Parking area
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Bogensperk - Information board

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Castle Bogensperk - Information board
Bogensperk Castle - Passage from the parking area to the Castle Bogensperk

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Passage from the parking area to the Castle Bogensperk
Bogensperk Castle - Renaissance Castle Bogensperk

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Renaissance Castle Bogensperk
Bogensperk Castle - Road by the Castle Bogensperk

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Road by the Castle Bogensperk
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Bogensperk - Northwest part

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Castle Bogensperk - Northwest part
Bogensperk Castle - North tract

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North tract
Bogensperk Castle - Path around the castle

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Path around the castle
Bogensperk Castle - Bust - Janez Vajkard Valvasor

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Bust - Janez Vajkard Valvasor
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Bogensperk - West tract

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Castle Bogensperk - West tract
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Bogensperk - Southwest part

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Castle Bogensperk - Southwest part
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Bogensperk - South tract

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Castle Bogensperk - South tract
Bogensperk Castle - Southeast tower

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Southeast tower
Bogensperk Castle - Entrance

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Entrance
Bogensperk Castle - Entrance into the Castle Bogensperk

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Entrance into the Castle Bogensperk
Bogensperk Castle - Memorial plate - Janez V. Valvasor(1641 - 1693) in Bogensperk (1672 - 1692)

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Memorial plate - Janez V. Valvasor(1641 - 1693) in Bogensperk (1672 - ...
Bogensperk Castle - View of the trail to the parking area

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View of the trail to the parking area
Bogensperk Castle - Trail to the parking area

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Trail to the parking area
Bogensperk Castle - Tree by the castle

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Tree by the castle
Bogensperk Castle - Part of the former outbuilding

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Part of the former outbuilding
Bogensperk Castle - Former outbuilding

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Former outbuilding
Bogensperk Castle - Famous Valvasor cavalry

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Famous Valvasor cavalry
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Chapel

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Bogensperk Castle - Castle Courtyard

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Bogensperk Castle - Castle Courtyard <br> Arcaded corridor on the west tract

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Castle Courtyard

Arcaded corridor on the west tract
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Courtyard <br> Entrance into museum

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Castle Courtyard

Entrance into museum
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Courtyard <br> Small tower

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Castle Courtyard

Small tower
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Courtyard <br> Wishing well

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Castle Courtyard

Wishing well
Bogensperk Castle - Museum

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Bogensperk Castle - Museum <br> Anteroom

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Museum

Anteroom
Bogensperk Castle - Museum <br> Valvasor's Library - Wedding Hall

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Museum

Valvasor's Library - Wedding Hall
Bogensperk Castle - Museum <br> Hunting Collection

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Museum

Hunting Collection
Bogensperk Castle - Museum <br> Witch

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Museum

Witch
Bogensperk Castle - Museum <br> Valvasor's Working room

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Museum

Valvasor's Working room
Bogensperk Castle - Museum <br> Copperplate printing shop

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Museum

Copperplate printing shop
Bogensperk Castle - Castle Tavern

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