The fortification with the town moat belonging to it, the castle buildings on Petersberg mountain, the keep with the Rupertikapelle (St. Rupert’s Chapel), the Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church) and the Stadtpfarrkirche parish church – all these buildings, which were built between the 11th and 13th centuries, represent the heyday of Romanesque architecture in Friesach and impressively bear witness to the former importance of this Carinthian town, which was mentioned in a document for the first time in 860. However, in addition to a visit to the main sights, Friesach also invites visitors on a discovery tour through the medieval town centre. The scenery is particularly impressive at the Middle Ages festival, “Spectaculum”, which takes place every summer. During the festival, all evidence of modern times disappear from Friesach for one evening. Even electricity is completely renounced and the town centre is only lit by torches and fireplaces. Furthermore, the only valid tender during the festival is the (specially minted) Friesacher Pfennig (penny), which was the currency of the whole southeastern Alps area in the 13th century.
Medieval Town – Friesach