Ljutomer (German Luttenberg in der Steiermark) ) is a small town of the North-East of the Slovenia. It is the capital of the Prekija , the wine-producing area ranging between the towns of Ormož on the Drave and of Beltinci on the Mur. It is a range of covered hills of vines and whose wine fields are among most important of the country. Jeruzalem, one of the principal wine centers Slovenien, is located on the territory of the commune. It is located in the traditional area of Styrie and in the natural area of the plain pannonienne.
Ljutomer was mentioned for the first time in 1249 and obtained the right to establish a market in 1265. With the the Middle Ages, Ljutomer was a free city, girded walls. It held its richness of the trade of the wines and other agricultural produce but the ceaseless wars with the Othoman which transfer the city taken and lost on several occasions between 1479 and 1605 then incursions of the Kruci (of the brigands) brought to its forfeiture. In 1704, the Kruci set fire to the city after having plundered it. Military forwardings reflect finally a term with this plague and peace settled. The viticultural production began again and the zone was repopulated by emigrants come from the mountains and uskoci , Croatian corsairs of Senj that an agreement between Venice and the Austria had constrained to leave their port of attache.
19th century, Ljutomer played a big role in the Slovenien political life and it is there that was organized the August 9th 1868 the first tabor (a large Slovenien popular assembly). However, until the end of the First World War, Ljutomer mainly constituted a linguistic isolate German-speaking in a Slovenien area .
Ljutomer is the birthplace of the ethnologist Stanko Vraz (1810 - 1851) and of the philologist Franz von Miklosich or Franc Miklošič (1813 - 1891).
The most important horse-races of Slovenia take place on the hippodrome of Ljutomer.
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