Šenek is mentioned as castle/tower as early as 1288 as property of lords of Žovnek. We can only
speculate about its former location, because it was demolished in 1439 and is not preserved even
as a ruin. Šenek as mansion could be build allready in 1493 by caretaker from Ojstrica, Lenart
Raumschüssel, descendant of old castellans of Šenek. In 1665 it was owned by Gabelkhoven family,
in 1696 by Rudolf noble Schrottenbach, in 1730 by J. Ernest noble Ehrenberg. Later owners:
in 1746 Johan Anton Curti Franzini, 1770 Rajmund Novak, 1774 Filip noble Carastella,
1775 Rajmund Novak again, 1797 Johan Nepomuk Kircher, 1807 Anton Gurnik, 1813 again Johan Nepomuk
Kircher, in 1819 widow of Jožef Perše, who bought it for 77.000 fl. Lenart Gechter became
the owner in 1844, followed by V. M. Vormiggini and after him Franc Maurer in 1861, who gave it
to his son in law Oskar Pongraz in 1869. At the time of occupation the mansion was a property of
count Pacht-Reihofen, and today it is a place for a nursering home.
Mansion complex is formed of a group of buildings, build on three sides around a rectangular
courtyard, whilst on the fourth, east side a built arcade fence is located. South from the complex
a standalone chapel is located opposite to the main wing, with a journeyman's house attached
Inside of the mansion is mostly uninteresting. In the basement of the main wing we can still
find bath-like baroque arches with spandrel, and in its floor we can find original
white painted door-post with original fetters - that is all that is oreserved from
baroque era. From the time of the last renovation, which gave its present form to the mansion,
the most interesting is luxurious great hall in the ground floor of the west wing and it holds
ceiling with stuccos, nice neo-baroque fireplace made from marble and at the same time quality
The chapel has a rectangular aisle and rectangular, rounded on the edges, choir. Above the entrance
facade on the roof a small bell tower with a baroque-shaped roof is built. The chapel was constructed
by Rajmund Novak, owner of Šenek at the time.
The mansion was not built until the baroque era, probably in the 1st half or
mid 18th century, on tha place of former mansion. The core of the main wing
can ba dated to that time and it is the oldest element of the construction. Northern and
western wings were not built until the great renovation of the mansion, when they replaced
former single-storey outbuildings - they can be seen of Kuwasseg's depiction of the mansion
from 1845. The building got its present form in 1869 when the owner became Oskar Pongraz. He
also built round tower, both new wings and probably surround his residence with english park.
I didn't manage to photograph the luxurious great hall so I suggest thet you take a look
by following the links below.