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The oldest town in Slovenia

Ptuj is the oldest, 2000 years old town in Slovenia. It is not very crowded, because most of tourist visit only the west of country, so you can enjoy a peaceful holiday here.

It is much easier to describe Ptuj's location between Slovenske gorice and Haloze and between Dravsko polje and Ptujsko polje than to write a short history of the city. Its history is rich and the city has numerous monuments to prove it. Its history reaches back to the Stone Age, but the city experienced its greatest flowering in the Roman period. The name originates in the times of Emperor Trajan, who granted the settlement city status and named it Colonia Ulpia Traiana Poetovio. In 69 A.D., Emperor Vespasian was elected in Ptuj, and the first written mention of the city of Ptuj is from the same year. Roman Poetovio developed into an important military, commercial, customs, and administrative center. Forty thousand people lived in the Ptuj area in this period, a number never since reached. It was later burned by the Huns and occupied by the Avars and the Slavs. In the period of the Slav prince Pribina, it was incorporated into the Frankish state. Later, it became the property of the Salzburg archdiocese and experienced the Hungarian attacks. The city recovered and when city rights were granted, it was able to build a wall around the city. The first city statutes from 1376 provided the legal regulation of the city and contributed to its economic power. Sadly, this declined under the pressure of Turkish attacks and major fires, floods, and epidemics. Today, this important economic center of the lower Podravje region is a city of fairs, a city of excursions into unspoiled nature, a city with a rich culinary offer, and a city of wine cellars and thermal springs.

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  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    I am so there in september-october!

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2009 at 3:52 AM

    Lovely town I was lucky to visit last August!

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2008 at 4:53 AM

    A very nice and concise page of your hometown. I was there two weeks ago and enjoyed it.

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Great information on Ptuj! It's a pity we only did a short visit to that town.

  • OH_DK's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    I saw Ptuj and the castle a few years ago - very interesting town. Your page made me recall memories. Next time I will have to experience the Carnival.

  • aka123's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2006 at 2:15 PM

    interesting place excellent page

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2006 at 4:36 AM

    I can't imagine a town 2000 yrs old!! wow!! That pink hotel is very cute. Nice page here thanks :-)

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