Ozalj Castle was jointly
owned by two noble families of Zrinksi and
Frankopan. Both families were involved in Magnate Conspiracy
also known as Zrinski–Frankopan Conspiracy (Zrinsko-frankopanska
urota) after family names of their main
organizers and leaders. It was a failed attempt (on 30 April
1671) to get rid of
Habsburg influence over South Central Europe. Petar Zrinski and
Fran Krsto Frankopan were accused of high treason and subsequently
executed. Ozalj Castle was assaulted, all its possession were looted.
Residence was abandoned for several years.
Ozalj Castle was first mentioned in 1244 as an impressive
fortress perched on top of a hill overlooking Kupa river that flows
below. Although archeological digs revealed that it was first inhabited
in the late Stone Age. Later a Roman fortress was found on top of the
strategic hill. Entrance tower that you see today as you enter Ozalj
Castle today was constructed in 1577 by George IV Zrinski. In 1743- 53
medieval citadel was reconstructed into a renaissance style palace.
Today Ozalj Fortress
is open to the public. Rectangular Tower is the oldest part of
the fortress. If you look closely you can find few Glagolitic
inscriptions. It is the oldest known Slavic alphabet created by Saint
Cyril and his brother Methodius. Later he invented another alphabet
(Cyrillic) that is used by many Slavic and other nations. Glagolitic
thus was abandoned, but not entirely forgotten judging by the fact that
it was still used centuries after Cyril died.
Ozalj Castle contains a library and a Heritage Museum
that was originally found in 1971. It contains a large collection of
cold and fire weapons, prehistoric artifacts from the archeological digs
in the area and several paintings of a famous local painter and a native
of Ozalj, Slava Raskaj.