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The legend of the Kalnik plum farmer folks

“In the dark night hours, when the Mongolian guards were snoozing and in that way reducing their attention, some human-like shadows with branches on their backs approached the town walls. To the surprise of the defenders, which had been watching all this from the high towers, expecting some new Tatarian deceit, plum branches full of fruit flew up towards the walls.

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Then they realized that was the folk, feeding, supporting and helping them. They repeated it many times. The juicy plums strengthened them and, to the Mongols’ surprise, the hunger hadn’t exausted the defenders of the town. That was why the Tatars gave up further conquest and moved on to the Adriatic Sea, searching for the king Bela IV.

When the Mongols were defeated on the Grobnik field, king Bela IV, as the legend ends, declared the Kalnik folks – noblemen, which were soon mockingly named by their feuding neigbours, especially the burghers of Križevci – plum farmer noblemen.”

The Legend of the Black Queen

Barbara of Celje or The Black Queen, as she was called among the folk, was a very wicked woman. Legends of her and her lovers are linked to a few old towns (Medvedgrad, Susedgrad, Cesargrad and Mali Kalnik are mentioned). They say that she would throw her lovers from the top of a tower when she would have enough of them.

Somewhat the closest to the truth is the story that she had made love with her fortress commander Neuhausel in the old town Mali Kalnik. He, of course, became oppressive and started terrorizing the noblemen from the area.

When the disgrace became known in the kingdom, the commander was relieved of his post, and the queen was held captive in a town in Bohemia.

The legend goes on that her bloody gold has been buried somewhere around Mali Kalnik, and her subjects, the snakes, have been guarding the treasure until today. The truth is that, on Mali Kalnik, there is a very high concentration of horned vipers compared to the surrounding area.

The Legend of the Chapel of St. Andrew

The Kamešnica folk kept the legend of the Chapel of St. Andrew alive, which is one of the rare chapels with a preserved original gothic structure. The chapel has survived the Turk invasions and was never brought down.

It’s well known that the Turks demolished the Christian places of worship, and the chapel in Kamešnica survived thanks to the janissary agha, who was in command of the army in these lands.

The agha was taken and recruited in the Turkish army as a boy, as a so-called blood contribution. The boy’s Christian name was Andrew and he was from this area. When the army was ready to burn down the chapel, the Aga got off his horse, entered the chapel and saw the altar with the statue of St. Andrew.

It triggered a recollection from the childhood, he remembered that it was his guardian saint, and, since he was still a Christian at heart, he decided to spare the chapel from devastation and requite to his saint.

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