It is thought that the Castle in Beltinci dates back to the middle ages (15th or 14th century). It was rectangular in shape, surrounded by a wall and four towers, around which there used to be a defence moat supplied by water coming from the nearby stream Črnec. Nowadays it still keeps its original Baroque shape, in spite of the buildings added throughout history. Until the collapse of its southern and western parts, the castle kept its closed, Renaissance form. It is considered that no serious reconstruction had taken place before the mid 17th century. Only then, four round towers, covered with conical shaped roofs, were built at the four angles (today three remain). They are examples of the post Baroque architectural style and taste. The later design of the Castle in Beltinci is of a one storey, originally four sided, brick building (parts of the southern and western sides are missing). The central eastern facade has 13 axes and is defined by an important portal, rustic in style, in the middle on the ground floor, with a crenel added on every side. The tub-shaped vaulted entrance hall leads to the castle yard, where columns with arcades were additionally built on its tracts. On the ground floor the arcades are open, and on the first floor they are closed. Both arcade ceilings are vaulted in a cross shape. In this Baroque designed castle and its surrounding park, some important samples of exotic trees still remain.
An interesting characteristic of the castle are also the underground vaulted trenches. One leads to the church and another to the castle garner- a granary with an iron entrance door dating back to 1754.
At the moment, the castle is undergoing thorough restoration. There is a wedding hall in the already restored part of the castle, and many thematic exhibitions, celebrations, cultural and other events are being held here as well.
Have a look at the scenic photo of the castle.
St. Ladislaus Church
The Parish church St. Ladislav in Beltinci is one of the most important architectural monuments of the late 19th century in Prekmurje. In fact, the building was erected in 1742, but was thoroughly restored and enlarged between1893 and1895 by the Viennese architect Max von Ferstle. He made the church longer, added a side nave to the north (the so called “New Church”) and completely changed the outside part, decorating it in Neo-baroque classical style. He added »Maria's Chapel« to the South. In Maria's Chapel, there is the family tomb of the Zichy family. The Chapel's ground plan is square, with a cupola. Due to the crypt, the floor level inside is 8 steps higher than the floor level of the nave. The Chapel’s interior is decorated in Neo-classical style, in accordance with the Chapel’s architecture, and the little altar relief depicting Maria, on the left is well worth mentioning. On this shallow relief, Maria is shown down to her waist, with a sitting child. Behind her, there are two angels standing on each side, with their arms folded over their chests .The Madonna of Beltinci relief is an example of the early Renaissance Venetian style, possibly the work of an artist from the circle of Pietro Lombardi. Pietro Lombardi was the main sculptor of Venice in the last third of 15th century. The relief of The Madonna with Child from Beltinci is an important example of the otherwise poor sculptural legacy dating from the early Renaissance period in Slovenia.
A smaller copy of St. Teodor's Column of Venice decorates the church’s surrounding, together with an original Venetian fountain next to it, dating back to 17th or 18th century.
Special “invitors”, people who invite (call) relatives, neighbours, friends and acquaintances to a wedding, are known as The Callers pozvačini. This custom is best preserved in the Beltinci region. The Caller is usually a young man, who must be cheerful, quick - witted and imaginative. He wears a hat decorated with different kind of feathers (peacock, pheasant, cock etc) also laden with rosemary, pelargonium radens and various colourful artificial flowers and paper ribbons. His outfit (towels hanging over his shoulders in an X form), is equally rich in its decoration: various coloured paper ribbons and artificial flowers .He is equipped with a trumpet or a horn and a wooden axe with hedgehog skin, also decorated with paper ribbons, artificial flowers and a bell. Bells are also tied under his knees, two on every leg, and he carries two round water bottles čutare on his back, one filled with wine, the other with millet. On his way to a house, where he is going to invite wedding guests, he jumps, dances, runs after children, screams, salutes the passer- bys, offers them drinks and hits them with the hedgehog skin. The invitation of The Caller consists of a special “Caller’s speech” pozvačinski guč.
Music and Folklore traditions
Franc Marolt initiated the first folklore group, which was founded in Beltinci in 1938, when Matija Kavaš chose the dancers who performed Prekmurje traditional dances accompanied by the Kociprov music band. Nowadays the folklore group is accompanied by the Young Beltinci Band but their repertoire still consists of the dances from Beltinci and its surroundings, which they intend to keep and perform as unaltered as possible.
- Visit of the Castle
- Visit of St. Ladislav Church and the Zichy Family Tomb
- The Caller’s Greeting
- The Young Folklore Group
- The Tambour Group
- The Young Beltinci Band (cymbal player)
- We recommend visiting a traditional festival:“ The International Folklore Festival” in July.