() () is the name of a municipality in Slovenia
as well as the town that serves as its administrative, cultural, economic, and educational center. The municipality is in north central Slovenia. It encompasses a large part of the Kamnik Alps
and the surrounding area. The town of Kamnik has ruins of two castles
as well as many examples of historical architecture
The name Kamnik was first mentioned in the 11th century. The first time it was mentioned as a town was in 1229, when it was an important trading post on the road between Ljubljana
. This makes the town one of the oldest in Slovenia. In the Middle Ages
, Kamnik had its own mint and some aristocratic families among its residents. The town was among the most influential centers of power for the Bavarian
counts of Andechs
in the region of Carniola
at the time. The only remnant of the Bavarian nobility are the two ruined castles which are both strategically built on high ground near the town center. The Franciscan
monastery built in the town itself is a testament to its importance. The building is well preserved and has undergone extensive renovation in recent years. Zaprice Castle, which stands outside the town, was built in a later period.
Most of the old town center is built in an Austro-Hungarian
style. Most of the facades have been renovated in recent years but the process is still ongoing.