Lotrščak tower

Golden Bull, which was issued by Croatian-Hungarian King Bela IV in 1242, was a way of repay to Gradec for hospitality and providing shelter when he was running away from the Tatars. With that document Gradec was declared a free royal city, but also the citizens were commitment to build walls and towers.

 

Golden Bull, which was issued by Croatian-Hungarian King Bela IV in 1242, was a way of repay to Gradec for hospitality and providing shelter when he was running away from the Tatars. With that document Gradec was declared a free royal city, but also the citizens were commitment to build walls and towers. The fortifications were built for twenty years and completed in 1266. Then the Lotrščak tower was built whose role was to defend the southern entrance to the city.
The tower is named after the bell that rang in the evening before the closing of the city gates.
At the end of the 16th century the Turks threat to the city finally subsided and the tower lost its original defensive purpose.
For the history of the Tower Lotrščak is interesting that in the periods when city was short of money for repair and maintenance, it was leased to citizens with the obligation that they are helding and maintaining it, and in case of enemy attack have to give it back to defend the city.
 

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