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A little village Vitanje (at 478 m above sea level) is located in the basin below the south-eastern slopes of Pohorje. The entire area consists mainly of hilly landscape in the western part of the Pohorje in the extension of Karavanke mountain range. The highest peak is Rogla (1570 m), the ski resort. In the vicinity there are other peaks: Kraguljščica (1454 m), Turna (1463 m) and Volovice above Glažuta mountain (1455 m). There are sources of high mountain streams, which are an important source of drinking water for the Celje region. Village and hamlets are scattered with little population, which means this is a demographically endangered area. The area is covered with mixed forests, which are an important source of diverse high-quality wood. In the past it was prevailed by beech, but today spruce prevails. Forests are an important source of local resident’s income. Vitanje has been inhabited since Roman times and has a rich cultural and historical heritage. It was first mentioned as a square in the 12th century. It is located on the important link between the old Eastern Styria and Carinthia. There are also deposits of marble, which was used for the ceilings of old houses and tombstones in the local cemetery. Slovenians settled in this area in the 6th century. City became the administrative center and Vitanje’s dominion descent who set two castles originates in Vitanje . The old – Golež’s castle was first mentioned in 1140 and is situated on a slope on the south side of the village. After 1680 it was destroyed and today only a few ruins are visible. New – Krajnik’s castle was built southeast of the village and is first mentioned in the year 1322. This castle had a similar fate too and was destroyed by fire in 1790.
The square used the coat of arms of Vitanje lords and today the municipality uses it as well. The three shells in the coat of arms are, according to the legend, talking about the existence of the lake. The original settlement was formed around the church of Saint Peter and Paul, but later expanded around the bishop's mansion. In 1306 they were given square rights. The village has developed into a strong trade and craft center. The area maintained rustic character. In the 17th century first ironworks and traditional glassworks were built. After the construction of railways and modern roads Vitanje lost importance and fell into decline. Today we look at the backwardness as an advantage as intact and clean environment is kept. Nearby there is almost no industry, except factory Unior (hand tools) and Kovinar (blacksmiths). Vitanje has even five churches: the main church of St. Peter and Paul, Mother of God on Hriberca, St. Vid in Hudinja, St. Margaret in Spodnji Dolič and St. Anthony in Brezen. The surrounding area has many religious signs.
Every year in August, a traditional event Holcerija takes place in Vitanje which evokes the old traditions. If we add the natural beauty, you will never be bored in Vitanje and the surrounding area even though you will repeatedly return to us.

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