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Gradac Castle - Grad Gradac
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Gradac Castle 

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The Gradac Castle is situated in the village Gradac in the Community Metlika in Bela krajina. The castle stands in the good protected area of the river Lahinja. There is a footpath to the Gradac Castle, which secedes from the main road next to the store. We come to the castle over the wooden bridge, which goes across the former defensive dyke. In the sources was the castle first mentioned in the year 1326 as Gräcz. At the beginning the Gradac Castle was probably the stronghold against the Turks. It was in the property of the Italian family counts Thurn-Valsassin, until it came in the possession of the family Burgstall, which were also the owners of the Krupa and Pobrezje Castles. The next owner was Jurij Gusic, who marked the castle with reconstructions. His tomb is situated in the castle park. He died in the year 1831. In the gable of the castle porch we can see the coat-of-arms of the family Gusic. The castle was in the year 1846 bought by Franz knight Friedau. He built in Gradac in the year 1858 foundry for iron with smelting furnace and supplied it with copper ore, which was digged out in Bela krajina. The last of the owners of the Gradac Castle was before the second world war wholesaler Sutej from Zagreb in Croatia. In the castle was between the war transitional partisan hospital, in the years from the 1944 to 1945 was alsto the officer school. After the war there was the school for hard educable children. Afterwards there was the agricultural and domestic school. However, after the year 1956 there were apartments. The Gradac Castle had a park with garden and avenue planted with plane and pine trees, but it is cut down now. The park belongs to the garden architectural heritage.


Photos

Gradac Castle - Gradac Castle

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Gradac Castle
Gradac Castle - Bridge over moat in front of main entrance

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Bridge over moat in front of main entrance
Gradac Castle - Main entrance in Gradac Castle

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Main entrance in Gradac Castle
Gradac Castle - View back on the road that leads in the castle

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View back on the road that leads in the castle
Gradac Castle - View of abandoned manor

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View of abandoned manor
Gradac Castle - Door with arms

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Door with arms
Gradac Castle - Gradac Castle

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Gradac Castle
Gradac Castle - Abandoned Gradac Castle

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Abandoned Gradac Castle
Gradac Castle - Outside part of castle above Lahinja River

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Outside part of castle above Lahinja River
Gradac Castle - Apartments at the end of castle

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Apartments at the end of castle
Gradac Castle - View of rapids of Lahinja River

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View of rapids of Lahinja River
Gradac Castle - Lahinja River that flows around Gradac Castle

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Lahinja River that flows around Gradac Castle

Data

Municipality: METLIKA (8339 population)

Settlements in the municipality:

Metlika (3196 population), Rosalnice (411), Gradac (378), Radovica (286), Drašiči (223),

Križevska vas (221), Krasinec (176), Bereča vas (175), Gornja Lokvica (171), Grabrovec (164), Čurile (155), Primostek (152), Podzemelj (144), Božakovo (133), Slamna vas (121), Bušinja vas (120), Hrast pri Jugorju (119), Bojanja vas (117), Svržaki (113), Trnovec (108), Dragomlja vas (99), Radoviči (96), Gornji Suhor pri Metliki (90), Klošter (86), Dolnja Lokvica (80), Brezovica pri Metliki (76), Dolnje Dobravice (74), Dolnji Suhor pri Metliki (70), Otok (63), Boršt (60), Krivoglavice (57), Zemelj (53), Geršiči (52), Boldraž (49), Rakovec (45), Grm pri Podzemlju (45), Želebej (42), Ravnace (41), Dole (40), Sela pri Jugorju (38), Kapljišče (33), Jugorje pri Metliki (32), Gornje Dobravice (32), Vidošiči (30), Železniki (29), Malo Lešče (29), Prilozje (29), Drage (24), Boginja vas (23), Škemljevec (22), Mlake (18), Škrilje (18), Krmačina (17), Krašnji Vrh (17), Radoši (12), Božič Vrh (10), Kamenica (10), Okljuka (9), Mačkovec pri Suhorju (6)

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