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Ptuj City Tower, Ptuj

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Observation Deck · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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It's not likely you'll miss Ptuj City Tower while visiting the city. The tower features a Baroque onion dome, unique in its structure, and clocks on three sides. The tower remains a town symbol and an important photo opp for anyone looking to snap memorable images of their visit. Take a look at our Ptuj tour planner to schedule your visit to Ptuj City Tower and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Ptuj can’t get less than three stars. Five can be too much – they need to repair some pavements, revitalize some ground floors, secure path up to the castle. On the other side, Ptuj has really many... 
    Ptuj can’t get less than three stars. Five can be too much – they need to repair some pavements, revitalize some ground floors, secure path up to the castle. On the other side, Ptuj has really many...  more »
  • We were here at the time of the carnival, a nice, peaceful little town, great architects, and lots of smiling people. 
    We were here at the time of the carnival, a nice, peaceful little town, great architects, and lots of smiling people.  more »
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  • Really nice place in the center, renovated at least from the outside as it should be!
  • The City Tower in Ptuj is the most powerful city architecture, which strongly shapes the city's history of the oldest Slovenian city. Looking at the city from the south, the Ptuj veduta shows itself crowned with a mighty castle complex, while the second most prominent focus is the city veduta giving a tall and massive tower, a symbol of city validity and power. The city tower is located in the very center of the old town center on Slovenian Square. It was built during the Gothic period, and is especially mentioned by the city statute of 1376. In 1556 the Ptuj city authorities ordered the Italian builder Antonio de Pivo to erect a new one on the site of the old tower. Originally, the tower was raised to a height of five floors and was covered by a two-story roof, and after a fire in 1705, for security reasons, the townspeople decided to lower it by one floor. That's when the tower got a bulbous roof. In a fire in 1684, a church bell was burned at an adjacent city church (St. George's Church) and the church asked the city authorities for help in building a new one. Instead of renovating or constructing a new church bell tower, the church decided to donate a tower to the church. The tower is made of brick and the floors are divided by stone garlands. The supporting lizens are also made of stone (also called the pilasters' band - a vertical virtual pillar on the wall or pilasters-like wall belt, which has a dividing and supporting role) and semicircular openings that increase from floor to floor.

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