Štatenberg (manor)

18th century

Sometimes this mansion is referred to as castle, which is wrong, because once in a village Stari grad at Makole there actually was a castle Štatenberg, which is totally ruined nowadays.
Count Dizma Attems had the mansion built by italian architect Camesini between the years 1720 and 1740 and left the old castle at Makole to ruin. Camesini designed four wings around square-shaped inner courtyard, park and well, which is not preserved. The mansion is especially known by frescoes and stucco in Knight's hall and elegant saloons, which located to the left (five saloons) and to the right (Wedding hall and Gallery) of the Knight's hall. In five side rooms various mythological scenes are depicted, arranged in central images and by four cartouches, so together there is 25 images. Baroque frescoes were painted by Joannecky, the name of the maestro, who made stuccos, is not known.
In 1809 its owner became Franc Ludovik Blagotišek noble Kaiserfeld, followed by Jožef noble Kaiserfeld, Klavdij Ritter noble Pittoni-Dannenfeld, Ferdinand prince Lobkowitz, after him Žiga Conrad, dr.Pius noble Buchau, after 1849 Gustav Konradi and others. In 1910 a part of the mansion was burned. Between bot wars it was in posession of Neumann from Zagreb. The last owner before the war was countess Marija (Mary) Ana Krane, countess von Dyhrn, which bought the castle before she died (in 1940) from the Neumann's. Today inn is located in the mansion.

Around a hundred years ago the mansion was characterized as modern, two-storeys high building, surrounded with plantations and park, with big, hall enclosing two-floors, 400 rooms, many kitchens, a nice big chapel with sacristy, prisons, carriage-house, stables and over 34 meters deep well.

In folk tradition a little known story has preserved, regarding the origin of the mansion. When count Dizma Attems was a young boy, he was kidnapped by a gang of robbers led by wild Špelka. Old count searched with his men for the boy, killed the robbers and finally taken the child from Špelka. When Dizma has grown up, he abandoned the outlying gray castle and chosen far away, on a flat land near Dravinja, a new place for his residence.

Sight of a castle is possible individually or in group, but it is guided only if denounced. If you're alone, for a small fee a "castle" lady in the inn will trust you with a key, which opens the door to the Knight's hall and you will be able to visit all parts of the castle, which are ment for visitors. A large part of a castle is closed for visitors and supposedly an apartement is located in there. Weddings at the mansion are very popular during summer season. Also couples from other countries come to Štatenberg to get married and theme their wedding in baroque or any other fantasy style. "Castle" lady told me that last year almost every saturday a wedding was held in a mansion.
Some restoration works are preparing on the mansion, which are very necessary, and at tme mansion we can find an english park with fish pond and promenades.

Stopar, Ivan, Dr.: "Grajske stavbe v vzhodni Sloveniji - Med Prekmurjem in porečjem Dravinje", Založba Park, Ljubljana, 1991, ISBN /
Stopar, Ivan, Dr.: "Gradovi na Slovenskem", Cankarjeva založba, 1987, ISBN 86-361-0280-4
Contact details:
Štatenberg 86
2321 Makole
tel./fax: +386(0)2 8030 216
Web links:
Mansion Štatenberg (TIC Ptuj)
Castle Štatenberg
Shows and entertainment:
Mostly during summer weddings of domestic and foreign couples
GPS coordinates:
N 46° 19.525' E 15° 40.369'


Entrance into the mansion from north side
North wall
Nortern part of the west wall
Northern part of east wall, where a longer trach was once attached and extended more than 10 meters towards north
Chapel with sacristy
Southern part of east wall
Southern wall
Southern part of west wall
Castle's wine cellar, where bottles of wine can also be bought
Decorated arcades near entrance to the mansion
Southern wall
Eastern wall
Western wall
Northern wall
Staircase, leading to the entrance into knight's hall
Central fresco on the ceiling of knight's hall, depicting allegory of peace, science and art
Dining room
Preserved furniture from 18th century
Wedding hall; a place, where future newlyweds promise each other loyalty
Dining quarters in the inn of Štatenberg mansion
Štatenberg mansion on secondary collored lithography from Old Kaiser's suite, from around 1830. Graphic museum Rogaška Slatina
Adolf Wagner, courtyard of Štatenberg mansion; Xylography from entertainment series Österreichisch-ungarische Monarchie in Wort und Bild, book Steiermark