Welcome to Prlekija
Prlekija is placed in the north-eastern part of Slovenija, on the right bank of the river Mura.
Prlekija is full of wonderful contrasts and a hospitable mother of inhabitants who are famous for their dialect and attachment to their home. They are imaginative and they like making fun of themselves, and even more of their neighbours. They are hard-working, industrious, conscientious, and honest. All this is reflected in the coats-of-arms of the villages. They are unparalleled; they are parti-coloured and mysterious at the same time. They explain many characteristics and peculiarities of the village and its people and remain a folk tradition among people.
Visit us and you will be surprised at the honest hospitality, excellent wines and food.

Click here to view the map of Prlekija - the thin red line shows the borders of Prlekija where the dialect 'prleščina' is used. This dialect varies from village to village.

Ljutomer, the heart of Prlekija, was first mentioned as a settlement in 1249 and it became a borough in 1265. It was devastated by plagues and fires and it had to defend itself against Turkish and Hungarian raids. The concept of the United Slovenia was embodied here in the first mass meeting of Slovene nationalists in 1868. Ljutomer was given town status in 1927. The tradition of the Slovenian national awakening of the 19th century is continued by the library, the museum, the art gallery, The Horsemen’s Association and different clubs.
Ljutomerske gorice (Ljutomer vineyard hills) are famous for top quality wines and fine cuisine. Gourmets can choose among dishes like ×ganci, milk soup, sour cream soup with mushrooms, potato sour cream soup, mushroom soup with buckwheat, pork from tünka and many others.
There are three main squares in the city centre, each boasting with its own shrine. On Stari trg there is St. Ana Chapel dating from 1756, showing St. Ana on the front and St. Anton and St. Florien on the side walls. On its back side there is the Sacred Heart and the Holy Trinity. On Glavni trg there is a monument dedicated to Mary: on its pedestal are statues of St. Rok, and St. Boštjan. It was set up in 1729 by the mayor. Before that this place had been a pillory for offenders, so other people could make fun of them. On Miklošičev trg there is St Florien Chapel which was built in 1736 and which is a part of the church walls.
The church of John the Baptist has five altars, one with the picture of John the Baptist, then there is one with St. John, one with Rosary, one with the Holy Cross and one with Janez Nepomuk There are three bells in the bell tower. The church got pipe organ in 1737, but unfortunately it was destroyed in 1901 when a fire broke out. After the fire the church was renovated. There used to be a graveyard around the church. Today the bust of the linguist Franc Miklošič is in front of the church.
The narrow landscape between the Mura and the Drava, the latter making the border of Prlekija, is the birthplace of many important men in Slovenian art, science, politics and religion.

Jeruzalem with its holy name, energetic vibes, wine road with top white wines, exquisite viewpoints and pilgrimage church has every right to be named a place of heaven. Already the crusaders looking for their way to the today's Israeli Jerusalem in the 13th century were convinced. Come and see for yourself!

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