Rogatec Medieval Square 

The medieval square lies on the left bank of the Draganja Stream that flows through a narrow valley. The first written records regarding Rogatec date back to 1130 where the town appears under the name Purch von Rohacz. In later documents the name appeared under various forms (Roas, Rohats, Rohates), though the original name was undoubtedly Slovenian and most likely originates from the word rog (horn) named after the Rogaška or Donačka mount, which if seen from the west actually has a shape of a horn.
The square was constructed under the Gornji Rogatec Castle, now in ruins, and the renovated Strmol Manor that was built on the opposite side of the castle hill in the 15th century. In the 14th and 15th centuries Rogatec was referred to as town (oppidum) several times, since it featured town walls with double doors; it was, however, never conceded town rights due to an insufficient number of inhabitants. At that time Rogatec was the most important market settlement in the region. Situated at the crossroads of important routes, and also lying on the frontier, the town saw a boom in commerce and craft, bringing wealth and prosperity to the local people. The square was burnt down on numerous occasions, so the modern day façade are mostly from the Biedermayer era. The area was settled already in Roman times; this is attested in the stone relief of a winged dragon built into the façade of the residential house located in the south part of the square. The old portals and staircases made in the stone pits of Log attest to a booming period of the stone-cutting craft in Log in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century (whetstones).
The square has a central market place designed in the shape of a rectangle along which square plots are aligned. In parallel behind the eastern string of square buildings one can see a commerce street with a renovated parcelling out, which ends in the walls. The square features the sign of Mary and three chapels. At the northern brink there is a lord mayor church of St. Bartholomew, and east to the settlement the church of St. Hijacinta.
In modern times the settlement expended towards the south. In the north the borders of the medieval square have been preserved and together with the area of the castle park continue into riverine meadows and wooded slopes.
All of the essential components of the medieval square nucleus of Rogatec – which enjoys the status of a cultural monument – have been preserved: the ground plan, parcelling out, edifice heritage, height of buildings in relation to their surroundings and its dominating features.

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