Ormož Castle

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Grad Ormož
http://pmpo.si/zbirkeinrazstave/grad-ormoz/
muzej.ormoz@siol.net
Kolodvorska 9, SI-2270 Ormož
Phone386 (0) 2 741 5580
Fax386 (0) 2 741 5589
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RegionSI-2
Managed byPtuj – Ormož Regional Museum
Milica Šavora, Library Head
milica.savora@orm.sik.si
Phone386 (0) 2 741 5582
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Nevenka Korpič, Ormož Museum Head
Kolodvorska cesta 9, SI-2270 Ormož
Phone386 (0) 2 741 7290
Fax386 (0) 2 741 7280
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Since 1995, Ormož Castle, first mentioned in 1278, has been a centre for contemporary cultural developments which houses the Franc Ksaver Meško Library, part of the administration of the Ormož unit of the Ptuj – Ormož Regional Museum. There is also a Castle Gallery featuring contemporary art exhibitions. Premises in the castle have also been given to the Ormož brass band.

In 2011 the award-winning renovation of the Grajska pristava (adjacent building) was completed, led by the Arrea Architecture bureau. It houses the Ormož Music School, a new multipurpose hall, and the ethnological and archaeological museum collections, and has turned the Ormož Castle into an outstanding cultural centre.

History

Ormož Castle was built by Friderik of Ptuj. The oldest part of the castle is the tower. Various noble families owned the property down the centuries, including the Schaumbergs, the Frankopans, the Szekelys, the Pauers, and latterly, the Counts of Wurmbrand.

Collections

Visitors to Ormož Castle can explore the former castle dining room with antique motifs, a saloon with a depiction of four continents and other motives, painted by an Austrian painter Alois Gleichenperger in 1810. The Classicist paintings in the castle rank amongst the best in the country. There is also a wedding hall (former knight's hall) with a stucco from the beginning of the 18th century. In the second floor there is an art gallery and two historic exhibitions: Ormož, Developed from Tradition and United in Victory – Ormož between 1980 and 1990 and the War of Independence in Ormož Area.

The park

The castle park is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Slovenia; in it grow an orange tree, a tulip tree, a ginkgo, and other exotic plants. In front of the castle is a memorial avenue devoted to the major figures of Ormož and the surrounding area, including busts of two honorary citizens of Ormož, Anton Trstenjak and Dušan Moškon.

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