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13 March 2020

Tourism — Podčetrtek, European Destination of Excellence

Slovenia: Tourism – Podčetrtek, European Destination of Excellence, 13 March 2020. Images from Posta Slovenije.

Issued on: 2020-03-13
Size: 30 x 43.5 mm
Colors: Multicolor
Perforation: comb14
Printing: Offset lithography
Face value: 1.31 € – Euro
Print run: 40,000

Podčetrtek is a settlement in eastern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Podčetrtek. The area traditionally belonged to the region of Styria. It is now included in the Savinja Statistical Region.

The castle in Podčetrtek was mentioned in written sources in 1209 as de Landesperc (and as de Lonsperch in 1213, de Landesperch in 1227, and ze Lantsperch in 1328, among other names). The name appears on a 1763–87 map in both German and Slovene as Landsberg Windisch Pod Tschetertkom. The name implies that the castle above the settlement was once called *Četrtek (literally, ‘Thursday’). The motivation for the name is unknown. It may refer to the day that court sentences were handed down, to a market day, to a day of corvée, or to the day when the settlement was founded. In the past the German name of the settlement was Windisch Landsberg.

Olimje Castle near Podčetrtek, Slovenia. Photo taken by Aleš Gruden, Leto 2006, and featured on Wikipedia.

Most of the current structure of the castle dates to the early 17th century, when a two-story building with a central courtyard and two southern towers was built. It was adapted again in the late 18th century to the Baroque style, but retains its original features. After 1945 it was looted and fell into a state of disrepair, although the imposing building on a hill above the settlement is still a prominent landmark.

The parish church in the settlement is dedicated to Saint Lawrence and belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Celje. The nave dates to the 14th century and the belfry is from the 17th century. In the early 18th century the sanctuary was extended.

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