Castles and Mansions

The Škofja Loka area is dotted with numerous castles and mansions. The earliest date back to the 13th century, others were completely transformed after the great earthquake of 1511, and the 'youngest' among them were built as recently as the 17th century. There is a wealth of history and legends amongst them. The castles and mansions were built in carefully chosen locations, which visitors from far and wide still find breathtaking today. Some also contain museums that invite visitors to acquaint themselves with the history and way of life in the Škofja Loka area in past centuries.

 
Ajman Castle

Ajman Castle

Built in the German Renaissance style, Ajman Castle was constructed in the 17th century. The altar painting in the castle chapel, painted by Franc Jelovšek the most well-known Baroque painter of frescos in Slovenia, is particularly valuable. Ajman Castle, which was damaged by fire during World War II, was thoroughly renovated by the Ursulines, who transformed it into an Ursuline convent. In recent decades it became 'Hiša kruha' (House of Bread), where the Ursulines carried out spiritual programmes and hosted groups and individuals seeking peace and quiet.

Sveti Duh 244, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 515 16 29
The Tower on Krancelj

The Tower on Krancelj

The tower, which was built prior to the 12th century directly above Škofja Loka Castle, has tower-shaped fortifications, characteristic of the Central European early Feudal period. The tower has a square floorplan and is surrounded by a moat and walls.  The tower had a mainly defensive role, most likely protecting the entrance to the Poljane valley, until it was demolished by an earthquake in 1511.

Škofja Loka, 4220, Škofja Loka
Tavčar Manor in Visoko

Tavčar Manor in Visoko

A country manor from the 17th century surrounded by hills and forests close to the Poljane Sora river. The property, formerly owned by the Kalan family, became known as Tavčar Manor at the start of the 20th century, named after the Slovenian writer and politican Ivan Tavčar. The impressive manor and its former owners, the Kalan family, were a source of inspiration for Tavčar's historical novel 'Visoška kronika' (The Visoko Chronicles). Alongside the former residental building, where today there is a permanent exhibition and a wonderful wedding hall, there is an expansive outbuilding with typical double hayracks, known as 'toplar'. On the edge of the forest, Tavčar had a chapel erected with the family tomb, where he himself is also buried. Nearby there is also an imposing bronze statue of the writer, which faces towards his birthplace – Poljane.

The unspoilt nature in the surroundings are ideal for walking or cycling.

Visoko pri Poljanah 1, 4220, Škofja Loka+386 (0)4 517 06 00info@skofja-loka.comwww.obcina-gvp.si
Wild Loka Castle

Wild Loka Castle

Wild Loka Castle was most likely named after its solitary position in the heart of the forest beneath Lubnik. It was built in the early 12th century and is the oldest castle in the Škofja Loka area. The castle, surrounded by walls, was used by its landowners until it was demolished by the great earthquake in 1511.

A short walk through the forest leads to the remains of the once-mighty castle.

Škofja Loka, 4220, Škofja Loka
Old Loka Castle

Old Loka Castle

The old Loka Castle, classified as a cultural monument of national importance, began its existence in the 15th century. The castle has a partly-preserved circular defence tower and a southern wing with cantilevered piers. In the past there was a defence moat around the castle, which today has been filled in. 

Stara Loka 31, 4220, Škofja Loka
Loka Castle

Loka Castle

The original castle was built by the Freisings of Škofja Loka in 1202. The castle was almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake in 1511 and Bishop Filip took on its restoration. In the castle courtyard there once stood an impressive four-cornered tower, the floorplan of which has been restored. Today the castle is home to one of the best-arranged museums in Slovenia, with archeological, historical, cultural, artistic, natural science and ethnological collections. Visitors can also see the excellently-preserved 16th century farmhouse, Škopar's House (Škoparjeva hiša) in the castle garden.

Grajska pot 13, 4220, Škofja Loka04 517-04-00info@loski-muzej.siwww.loski-muzej.si
Puštal Castle

Puštal Castle

This Renaissance manor with two single-story wings was built in 1220. It is adorned by a round two-storey corner tower and an interior arcaded courtyard. The castle's chapel has an altar fresco of Guilio Quaglio the Younger, the Descent from the Cross, dating from 1706, which is considered one of the most valuable works of art in Škofja Loka.

Puštal Castle is also part of the 'Path to Puštal' theme path, which you can walk alone or accompanied by a tourist guide.

Puštal, 4220, Škofja Loka