On Tuesday(21/8/2018) at 0815 h boarded the bus to Postojnska Jama from Ljubljana bus terminus.It was a long beautiful early morning drive through Slovenian countryside with the final drive being a uphill climb negotiating steep bends on the mountain roads.At 0930 hrs we arrived at Postojnska Jama centre which is the entrance for tourists to the World famous “Postojna Caves” with our public bus being the first arrival of the day with most tourists arriving in private tour buses or cars. Purchased a combination ticket for sightseeing “Postjona Cave and Predjama Castle “costing Euro 38.5 Only.
Seafarer/Blogger/Traveller Rudolph.A.Furtado at the entrance of Postojna Caves
A view of the Tourist center and the “ENTRANCE MOUTH” of POSTOJNA CAVES
At 1000 hrs the first batch of tourists awaiting entrance into Postojna Caves.Tourist batches were formed according to languages and here i am in the queue for the “ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOURISTS”.
“ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOURISTS” in the “MINI TRAIN” for the 3.2 Kms underground tour of Postojna Caves.World’s only underground cave train ride in Postojna caves.
Partial view View of the 3.2 Km Train journey through Postojna caves
A View of a walk inside the caves and the brilliance of the Stalactites and Stalagmites.
Our Group of “ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOURISTS” being given a guided tour inside the caves .
A walk inside Postojna Caves and its brilliance is visible.
A walk through Postojna caves and one for the “Bucket List” of “Been Here,Seen That and Done That” !
Exploring the wondrous dark caves of Postojna.
Crossing the “RUSSIAN BRIDGE” inside Postojna Caves.
“STALAGMITE BRILLIANT ” , the star attraction inside Postojna caves
Our walking tour inside Postojna Caves finally came to a end in the “Concert Hall” which is the largest space in the cave complex and can accommodate 10,000 people for musical concerts.performances. From here we boarded the train back to the entrance with the entire Cave sightseeing tour lasting one and a half hour.
Predjama castle is the World’s largest “CAVE CASTLE” listed in the “Guinness book of World records”.This castle is perched on a 125 meter high cliff for over 800 years and was destroyed and rebuilt a few times.The present castle was built in the Renaissance style in 1570 and after World War II was nationalized by the Yugoslav Communist authorities who turned it into a museum .Ranks among the 10 most fascinating castles in the World. Inside the Cave castle is a network of secret cave tunnels. POPULAR CULTURE :- “Armour of God” movie featuring Jackie.Chan was filmed in this castle with Jackie.Chan almost dying due to a serious injury during the shooting which enhanced the superstition that this castle is “HAUNTED”. In 2008 the Sci-Fi Channel “Ghost Hunters International” investigated the castle for paranormal activity .Numerous other films have been shot in this miracle of nature castle.
SELFIE VIEW FROM PREDJAMA CASTLE :- Boarded the “Shuttle Bus” from Postojna Caves to Predjama Castle with the journey being approximately twenty minutes.Was given a set of guide ear-phones and began the tour of this unbelievable cave castle.
A ROYAL ROOM INSIDE PREDJAMA CASTLE :-Over the centuries many Royal families stayed in the castle but the castle is most remembered and famous as the seat of the knight ERAZEM. LUEGER(LUEGGER),Lord of the castle in the 15th century and a robber baron.According to legend Erazem came into conflict with the Habsburgs on a murder charge and had to flee to his family castle of Predjama to evade the wrath of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III.The Emperor commissioned governor of Trieste Gaspar. Ravbar to either capture or kill Erazem. Although besieged by Gaspar’s forces Erazem avoided capture and starvation by means of communicating and transporting food through this castle’s secret cave tunnel. A vertical natural shaft which Erazem ordered to be enlarged leads out of the castle to the exit located on top of the cliff about 25 meters from the cliff’s edge.This tunnel allowed Erazem to get his food supply as well as continue his plunders He avoided capture for over a year and was finally killed in his own castle while using the toilet.He was betrayed by one of his men and a cannon shot blasted through the castle toilet killing Erazem.
“COAT OF ARMS” of one of the Royal families that resided in PREDJAMA CASTLE.
A Portrait of Erazem.Lueger, legend of Predjama Castle.
View of “TORTURE CHAMBER” inside one of the caves of the castle.
Exploring the passageways and caves inside Predjama castle.
“CANNON” with a “BIRD’S EYE VIEW” of the entire countryside from the Ramparts of Predjama Cave Castle.
A Bridge inside the Cave Castle.A marvel of architecture and also scary to tourists.
Stairways inside the cave castle.
Opening to the atmosphere from one of the Cave Rooms inside the Cave Castle.
Royal Sarcophagus in Predjama Castle in Slovenia.
CLOSE UP VIEW OF THE ONE AND ONLY LARGEST CAVE CASTLE IN THE WORLD :- PREDJAMA CASTLE.
End of the tour of PREDJAMA CASTLE.
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