Maribor is one of the biggest cities in Slovenia and the most important cultural center of the country that has long attracted touristsâ€™ attention. The castle called Marchburg was first mentioned in the second half of the 11th century. The settlement surrounding the fortress gained an official city status and a modern name in 1254. Maribor was developing primarily as a trade center facilitated by the beneficial location of the city. In the Middle Ages, it suffered multiple forays of the Turks but countered them successfully. In the middle of the 19th century, the city became a location of the bishopric of Levant.
Maribor had to undergo a lot of harsh trials during the First and Second Wars. At present, it has a status of the most important transport, trade and cultural center of Slovenia. The city is famous among travelers primarily for a variety of architectural monument preserved in its territory. One of the major symbols of the city is beautiful St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Stolnica Svetega Janeza Krstnika , that was built in the 12th century and is a true example of the Gothic style.
In the city, there is the old Maribor Castle that has managed to survive and remained almost unchanged since the 15th century. The architectural heritage of the city includes multiple museums and exhibition centers, which rich collections lets appreciate the national culture of citizens and learn a lot of interesting historical facts about Maribor.