#90 Dubovac Castle
Karlovac, Hrvatska (Croatia)
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Dubovac is first mentioned in written history in 1262, as a settlement and possibly castle on a hill northwest of what would later develop as the town of Karlovac. The castle or at least tall keep was probably the work of Bela IV, King of Hungary, who reigned over the region from 1235 (when his father King Andras [Andrew] II the Crusader died) until 1270. The castle was named after the oak forests in the area (Dub or Dab = oak). The ruling Arpadovici dynasty had begun in 1102, when Croatia and Hungary agreed to retain virtual independence while being ruled by the same king, an arrangement which lasted almost 400 years. The original terrors of raids from the Tartar invaders from Mongolia were replaced in the 14th and 15th centuries by attacks from the Turks. Dubovac was passed from King Ludovik I of Hungary to his Croatian Sudar noblemen in 1387, as a buffer from the invaders. By the mid 15th century Dubovac was in the hands of the powerful Frankopan family. A century later Stjepan Frankopan gave the castle to his sister Katarina when she married the famous Croatian nobleman and warrior Nikola Subic Zrinski. After he died defending Siget Castle against Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent and his Ottoman Turk army, interrupting the Turks march on Vienna, his children pawned the castle for 200 forints and 400 gold ducats to pay off his debts.
Later in the late 16th century Dubovac Castle was used as a granary as the developing town of Karlovac became an important trade center. The keep, then entered by a small drawbridge, was used as a jail. Further Turkish attacks at the end of the century resulted in the fortification of Karlovac, beginning with the extensive Zrinski properties. An alliance with the German Hapsburgs in Vienna against the Turks resulted in the Germans attempting to make Croatia a province. A Zrinski-Frankopan plot to regain Croatian sovereignty was treacherously foiled and the heros executed. Dubovac was repaired in the 17th and 18th centuries, survived the Napoleonic invasion of 1809, was damaged during World War II and extensively repaired again in the 1950's. The castle is now a hotel and restaurant. Note: My thanks to Dejan Pavlovic of Zagreb, Hvratska for his translations and other kindnesses, and to Kresimir Regan, also of Zagreb, for his photos, plans and technical assistance.
Decorated entrance arch Great Hall looking north Great Hall looking south
Minstrel's Gallery
around the Great Hall
Minstrel's Gallery
around the Great Hall


Cross Section of the Castle
(see section marker next plan)
Ground Floor Plan
(1 ancient Hvat=1.83M)
First Floor Plan Second Floor Plan


Photos of the Lego Model
under construction April-May 2003
Note: I received the above plans when Dubovac was about 1/3 built - too late for major changes.
First pictures - April 1, 2003
The castle is defined and the...
...central courtyard and its four
surrounding towers can be seen.
Dubovac is completed to
the second floor...
with its unique features
beginning to show!
The second level begins to
take shape...
The castle is now complete... ...except for some roofing...
...but parts are on order!!


Photos of the Lego Model
Built April-May 2003
This view highlights the
tall donjon
The recessed area above
the door is probably altered
from the original
A nice view of the
residential range
There is just a modest
between the tower and
third turret
The curtain staircase next
to the keep
The balcony along the inside
of the residential range
The possibly modern stairs
next to the 3rd turret
(see stairs in plans above)
A typical turret roof


Press coverage in Croatia
PS: These are the nicest people - in a gorgeous country!]
The June 26, 2003 issue of the
Karlovacki Tjednik featured...
...my Dubovac model on
the front page!
And here is the nice article by Zoran
Gajsak found on page 14! How kind!
And the July 13, 2003 issue
of the KAmeleon magazine...
...with a beautiful 2-page
center layout!
Author Marko Pekic has outdone himself-
even to castle plans as article background!


Build Your Own Lego Castle
Top Down Lego Plan
Front Elevation
Outside Elevation of
the Residential Range
Outside Elevation of the
left Curtain Wall & Tower
Courtyard Elevation of
Entrance Curtain & Donjon
Courtyard Elevation of
the Residential Range


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