STORIES WITHIN THE CASTLE WALLS
Today, this wonderfully preserved and furnished Slovenian castle is run by the Protocol Service of the Republic of Slovenia and is used for state visits and other ceremonial occasions.
In 1550, Emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg signed a building permit for Brdo Castle. In the following decades, Jurij Egkh managed to erect the first Renaissance manor in Carniola.
During Protestantism, Brdo Castle was an important centre of progress, even attracting the likes of Primož Trubar in 1562. As a way of thanks for his support of Protestantism, Adam Brdski, then owner of the castle, received one of the first editions of Dalmatin’s Bible. The castle also holds The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola original, in which the Slovenian land was first presented as part of the European world (1689).
With the arrival of the Zois’s, Brdo reached international fame. The recognised botanist Karel Zois set up the first Alpine botanical garden here.
In the 20th century, the castle was occasionally home to the Karadjordjević royal family of Yugoslavia. After World War 2, Josip Broz – Tito resided there from time to time, using the mansion as a summer residence as well as a place to host protocol events.
As well as being a protocol venue, Brdo Castle is known for its role in preserving cultural heritage.
The castle salons and halls boast rich collections of statues and paintings by Slovenian artists, furniture from various historical periods, precious crystal chandeliers, carpets and a well-stocked castle library.