Fires Ravage the City after the Turks

Early Modern Period

An economic recession started at the end of the 16th century, while the city of Ptuj was at the forefront of defense against Turks due to its strategic position. When the city finally managed to defeat the Turks, it was destroyed by terrible fires and other disasters that gradually wore away the splendor of its most magnificent years. “Nevertheless the Dominican and Minorite friars managed to thoroughly and grandly add baroque features to their monasteries in the 17th and 18th centuries, while Count Walter Leslie and his successors turned the ascetic fort into a luxurious residence.” (Marija Hernja Masten, Staro mesto ob Dravi)