There is something melancholic and romantic about historical places, as if the past was some mysterious old woman or man telling us lovely stories. After the first part, in which I introduced three castles of the Lost Castles Tour in Croatia, I’m moving on, telling you something about three more castles, along with a couple of museums.
Frankopans above the valley
It was raining, and the clouds were very low. We left the bus as soon as the rain stopped, and the castle was all covered in greyscale. We noticed its beauty and we noticed that it’s loved and treated very carefully by conservators.
There is a small museum inside and while we were focused on its collections, all of a sudden the sun came out. The whole valley below the castle got an entirely new appearance.
This castle is truly hard to leave. It’s huge and full of little secrets and surprises. The inner courtyard offers a game of guessing the number of doors. (Pssst! There are four doors visible on this picture)
This castle got lost just like all the other lost castles did, but local people found it again. There is a bar, a museum, and a temporary art exhibition gallery inside.
Frankopans in the city
Let’s not forget that this entire Lost Castles Tour goes across quite a small territory. It’s the region of Kvarner on the North of Croatia. Croatia itself is a small country, and this is only one little part of Croatia.
Rijeka is the country’s third largest city, counting a bit over 120 000 inhabitants. Mostly known for its port and some industrial history (different topic!), the city has some cool buildings too. The castle on the top of the hill is one of them and it assures some astonishing views over the city.
Nowadays it’s quite a nice place to come and enjoy. There are several towers and viewpoints along with the large area that resembles a park. There is also a bar with a terrace, why not?
Some imagination on the Lost Castles Tour
But to me personally, something else grabs most of the attention. There is a real archaeological site in the middle of the complex. The former residential area still stands with some of its walls and some tiny reminder of the former glory.
I sketched my impression of that beauty. The little red things are construction elements that once carried the floors. There were two upper floors, and I’m particularly impressed by the last one. Can you notice this cute balcony on the right side?
The little big things you can see on the floor can be easily read as former decorative stone boards. They carry a typical classicist stonework typical for lavish buildings. But for as much as I like to restore the past, I know sketches and drawings can be confusing. So here I come with a photo…
Frankopans in the marble palace
Once they believed they could reign. While describing the first part of the Lost Castles Tour, I described their last, tragically beheaded member with an emphasis on a particular Game of Thrones character. In other words, he was a Robb Stark of our real history.
The way Robb Stark trusted his army of Northern Houses, Fran Krsto trusted his brother-in-law, Petar Zrinski. Fran Krsto’s sister married Petar and they believed they could gain more power and therefore rule their territory with a stronger sovereignty.
There is a cistern in the main courtyard, with the joint coats-of-arms of both families. They imagined a lot of things, but… Robb Stark was also the King of the North!
It’s so hard to imagine how this building looked like. It was a 17th century building and not medieval fortification. The building itself looked like a fortified castle but inside it was a baroque palace. Inside these rooms, the two guys imagines the idea of their own crown.
Consequently, the Habsburg House in Vienna didn’t want to let local noblemen have much power. That in turn, they were rather willing to establish a centralised state.
The Lost Castles Tour is even bigger
With these two parts of my Lost Castles Tour in Croatia series, I presented only six castles. There were more castles than that. For noticing a huge interest in this series, I decided to create the third part. In the third part, I will present museums in detail, say something about the religion and literacy, and introduce two more castles.
Pssst! If you haven’t checked the first part, it’s here!