Sveti Ilija

Seketin Castle

Sveti Ilija
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Seketin Castle

Seketin Castle on Gajsko vrh is one of the most beautiful and oldest wine-growing manors in our region. It was mentioned in the mid-13th century. Century, when its owner was a nezdaša, and it was also governed by old church orders, as evidenced by a legend that is still retold in the surrounding rooms.


Tomislav Đurić and Dragutin Feletar recorded in the book – Old Towns, Castles and Churches of Northwestern Croatia, how it was rumored among the people that the vineyards of white friars wander through the vineyards there, and that “the end of the old birch tree in front of the entrance to the Seketin castle in the full moon sits a white pater and purrs”. It was believed that he should not be disturbed, so the locals avoided passing by the castle on the nights of the full moon. But the fear of the Pauline wraiths was ingeniously exploited by vinciliri in the service of the owners of the castle.
Thus, it is written that the vinciler of the former Mayor of Varaždin, Pero Magdić, together with his friends wrapped in white sheets, picked grapes from Magdić’s vineyard on his own account in the autumn evenings. When they saw them, the peasants ran away in fear regardless, and such a practice lasted for years, until one of vincilir’s pickers blurted out and discovered the secret of the evening harvests in Seketin.

Throughout the centuries, the property in Seketin changed owners, until in the 1920s it was bought by the famous Varaždin craftsman Rudolf Puttar, who also bought the old Patačić Palace in Varaždin. The chronicler of Varaždinbreg – Branko Svoboda wrote that “with the arrival of Rudolf Puttar on the Sequetine estate, the old castle again flowed the spirit of the Croatian volunteer”. The castle is included in the Register of Cultural Goods of the Republic of Croatia as a protected cultural property.

Seketin Castle on Gajsko vrh is one of the most beautiful and oldest wine-growing manors in our region. It was mentioned in the mid-13th century. Century, when its owner was a nezdaša, and it was also governed by old church orders, as evidenced by a legend that is still retold in the surrounding rooms.

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