Welcome to City of Celje
Celje is the third largest town in Slovenia. The town has a long history beginning in the Celtic times. Ancient Greek historians have found that the Celts actually coined Noric money in the area. In 15 BC, the area was incorporated by the Roman Empire and it was soon a flourishing Roman colony. In the 5 th and 6 th centuries, the city was rebuilt in the Early Middle ages after being razed by Slavic Tribes.
In April 1941, Nazi Germany occupied Celje. During the war, the city suffered from allied bombing and city was heavily destroyed. At the end of the war, the new communist government took advantage of the destruction, using the tank trenches as mass graves for Croatian, Slovenian and Serbian soldiers.
Sightseeing Of Celje
There are various Celje attractions around the city. T Celje Castle sits above the city, offering excellent views of the Old Town. The castle was once the largest fortification in Slovenian territory. The castle dates back to 1322. Each year, the Celje tourist board holds an event in the late summer, called "Under the Stars of Celje. The event features performances representing the life in the Middle Ages. Music concerts are also held at the castle. It is estimated that the castle is visited by 60,000 people each year.
Other popular Celje travel attractions in the area include the Celje Regional Museum. The building is old and features displays of the history of the area as well as a collection of paintings and furnishings. The Alma Karlin exhibition tends to be the most popular exhibit in the museum. There is also an Alma Karlin statue on Krekov Trg.. The statue sits just over the road from the railway station.
Like many Slavic cities, Celje is not short on churches and those interested in old churches and architecture will find many to explore. The Cerkev Marijinega Vnebovzetja or "Virgin Mary's Assumption Church" was built in the 13 th Century roman style and is part of the Minorite Monastery. Others include the Cerkev Sv. Danijela or "Abbey Church of St. Daniel" which was also built in the 13 th Century.