National Geographic : 1930 Sep
Photograph by Atelje "Pelikan" ILLYRIAN TRIBES FOUNDED CELJE 200 YEARS BEFORE THE CHRISTIAN ERA This ancient city on the Savina, a tributary of the Sava, in Slovenia, fell into the hands of conquering Celts intheearly years ofitsexistence. Later it became a Roman fortress against the barbarians. For 13 centuries it has been in the possession of Slavic people. During theCrusades itserved as one of the most important stations between western Europe and the Holy Land, but sank into comparativeoblivion after interest inthose expeditions waned. Since the World War it has been a part of Jugoslavia and is showing signs of revived life. The ruin intheforeground isthat ofthefeudal castle of the counts who ruled the country in the Middle Ages.