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Brežice Castle was first mentioned in 1249. During the pan-Slovene peasant rebellion of 1515, the peasants burned the castle to the ground. In 1529, construction began of a new fortress with a defense wall to protect it from the Turkish raids. The work was completed in 1590. When the Attems family occupied the castle, it was converted into a grand residence. The chapel, the ceiling above the grand staircase, and the Knight’s Hall were decorated with frescoes, the moat around the castle was filled in, gardens were planted around the castle, and the castle got a new roof. After 1860, when the Attems family moved out, some of the premises were used as municipality offices and twenty-six families occupied the rest. During World War I, the castle housed a hospital, and during World War II, the Germans used the castle for offices. Since 1949, the castle has been the home of the Posavski Regional Museum.
18th-century Knight’s Hall, the largest secular frescoed room in Slovenia. The museum houses various exhibitions including archeology, ethnology, the peasant uprisings, the Dalmatin Bible, modern history, Baroque oil paintings, statuettes and frescoes, and the memorial room of painter Franjo Stiplovšek. The castle’s crowning jewel is the ceremonial hall, the most luxuriously painted Baroque hall in Slovenia. Concerts and other cultural events are organized throughout the year in the Knight’s Hall, and in summer it hosts the central concerts of the Brežice Festival of Early Music. Special features:
18th-century Knight’s Hall, the largest secular frescoed room in Slovenia.