In the north-eastern edge of the Dor­nava settlement there is one of the most beautiful late Baroque manors in Slovenia. Dornava Castle is the most important secular building of the late Baroque period. It was first mentioned in 1435, when it was built on the site of the former hunting mansion. In 1446 the castle was demolished by the Hun­garian Regent-Governor Anos Hunyadi. After 1526 its owners were the Herbersteins and then the Sauers. During the years 1700 and 1708 the latter replaced the simple storeyed mansion with a building which is a present-day wing of the mansion. After 1730 the castle was owned by the Attems, then owners of tatemberg, Breiice and Slovenska Bistrica. Between 1739 and 1743 they made additions creating the present-day luxurious castle, and arranged a Ba­roque park with a main axis of 1.5 km. The main hall boasts beautiful fres­cos from 1708. The most important is a mythological scene with Hercules, showing his different works and his re­ception at Mount Olympus. Among the decorations in the park were twelve well-known dwarves and six antique figures from around 1730, which can now be found at Ptuj Castle. The rest of the artworks and statues outside the castle complex date from 1745 and are the work of the Filip Jakob Straub workshop from Graz. The entire manor complex was designed on a grand scale, reaching towards Pesnica with its English park. Unfortunately, the majority has been destroyed.

The last private owners of the castle were the Pongratz family from Sloven­ska Bistrica, after that it was utilised as a mental hospital, and later as a facil­ity of the Care and Education Institute, one of the largest institutes for handi­capped children and youth in Slovenia. Presently, the mansion is unfortunately without purpose.

LAS5- Dornava Manor- Castle

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