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Hrvatski dvorci


Style Characteristic
A baroque and Classicist castle

Architecture Characteristics
The new, baroque house is almost square, its exterior dimensions being 32 x 33 m. The inner court is rectangular (11.5 x 16.5 m). The total area of the building is about 3,300 m2. On the ground floor was the flat of the caretaker, and the servants, six rooms, two kitchens, a private chapel and a prison. On the first floor were eleven rooms and a large hall. The second floor had eleven rooms for guests or soldiers and a kitchen. On the third floor there were fifteen rooms, a kitchen and a smoke-house for meat. The loft was used for grain storage. The three-storey buildings south of the manor were of later date than the main building. The one to the west had a ground-floor hall, with wall-paintings, known as the "Sallaterain", the flat of the manor magistrate and a cartwright's shop. The second floor was for grain storage. Cellars stretched under the whole building. On the ground floor of the western building were stables for the estate and post horses, a barrel vaulted shed and the manor magistrate's cellars. The first and second floors were for grain storage.
The manor exterior was very plain. The main, south face had a shallow projection with four pilasters, more elaborately framed windows on lower floors, and an entrance with perforated balustrade. The other two walls had only some rustication and accentuated window frames. The court walls were relieved only by pilasters and accentuated window frames.
The two-storey farm buildings south of the manor were built after it. On the ground floor of the western one is what was known as the "Sallaterain", it has wall paintings and in it lived the manor lawyer and the cartwright. Above it was a granary and below the entire building were cellars. In the east building were large stables for the manor and the post horses, a barrel store and the cellars of the manor lawyer. First and second floors were granaries.
When the manor was renovated in the mideighteenth century the private chapel was also reconstructed, and has the oldest paintings of the region, restored in the fifties of the present century. Until the renovations the private chapel had been in the Renaissance tower, which was connected to the old castle halls by a small door. When the new baroque house was constructed a new enlarged chapel was made of which the original, old chapel in the medieval Renaissance tower formed the sanctuary. Walls and vaults of this chapel are decorated with late baroque paintings executed in 1753, the signature on one of them shows that they were done by Mihael Peck of Kaniža. In the little cupola of the sanctuary is the Holy Trinity under the protection of which was the whole parish. The cupola itself is filled with clouds and angels holding the globe and a cross. Below this are depicted the four evangelists with their symbols: John with an eagle, Mark with a lion, Matthew with a boy and Luke with a palette and brushes. There are paintings over the entire aisle. On the wall opposite the entrance are three altars and three altar pala. The altars are consecrated to the Sorrowing Madonna, the Holy Trinity and St John Nepomuk. The aisle vault shows three legends from the life of Christ. Since 1512, when Pope Leo X confirmed the legend, Ludbreg has been a place of pilgrimage, a place where "the blood of Christ was seen".
The "Sallaterain" hall in the west outbuilding was decorated with late baroque wall paintings of secular subjects and with skilfully executed decorations. The artist was most probably Mihael Peck. The paintings were at some later date touched up and slightly altered and details betray the clumsy hand of some interior decorator.

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