Up Dornava - a castle, asylum, ruin...

One of my film locations scouting brought me into former asylum for children in the Dornava castle. Built in 18th century by the count Attems in the vicinity of the old city Ptuj in Slovenia, this was one of the most beautiful baroque castles in the country. Since 1820 it belonged to the family Auerspeg, while the last owner before WW2 have been the family Pongratz. After the WW2 the castle was confiscated, some of the Rococo furnishing has been destroyed or looted, while some of it, including the beautiful tapestries, has been saved and is today displayed at the Ptuj Museum. The castle has been turned into children asylum and it served in this function until recently, when the asylum moved into new, modern structures. Today the castle is owned by the community of Dornava, and except for its front facade it is in very bad shape as the community doesn't have the necessary funds for its renovation. Wandering through its interior I found that even if vacated, the spirit of asylum can be still very much felt.

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