Zgornji Tuhinj (hunting court)
Ober Tuchein


On the slopes of Tuhinj valley a side road led to Ločica where it was attached to the main road Emona-Celeia like the present day road. But in the 12th century this road connection outperformed all others and even the one over Trojane pass. It became the main medieval traffic line between Slovenian Littoral region and Podonavje (area at the Danube river). This was in the era of the rise of Counts of Andechs when their Kamnik was the capital, Motnik became a market town and even hospice was established under Kozjak. Until counts of Andechs died out this was the most important traffic route.

Zgornji Tuhinj village was mentioned for he first time in 1213. The manor was supposedly built on its present location at the end of 14th or at the beginning of 15th century which coincides with the rise of counts of Celje so it is not unusual that oral tradition over the generations is telling that this was a hunting lodge/court of counts of Celje. Zgornji Tuhinj village is a slightly farther from the once main traffic route between Styria and Ljubljana. And that location at the foot of Menina mountain was a perfect starting point for a retreat and hunting activity of nobility of the era. In all of its history the manor has changed a lot of owners but it is a property of a local parish for the last 150 years.
Hunting manor (parish house) has a very interesting location as it is located on a dished rocky ridge slightly above the village and a river Tuhinjščica is underneath. Above the manor Menina mountain is rising. As the object it is most striking and anybody who visits Zgornji Tuhinj will not miss it.

As more detailed information about the court could not be found the description is unfortunately very limited.

Kamniški Občan, 20.10.2005 - author: Matej Tonin (vlaki.net)
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N 46° 13.660' E 14° 46.103'


View from southwest
Ground floor areas are barrel vaulted
In some parts of the court foundations are leaned on a bedrock
Far west masonry, once the court's edge
Circular closed cave, purpose of which I could not determine
Gothic church of St.Mary of the Assumption, located nearby
Early Gothic portal in the south wall