Castle Square


Castle square was named after the castle and is one of the many squares in Maribor, filled with history and magnificent buildings. 


The history of the square is rich and full of stories and tales that are still alive among the present-day inhabitants of Maribor. A truly special story is the one about the Donkey's corner. It would be difficult to find a Maribor resident who hasn't heard of the famous Ezl ek, a corner where many of Maribor's highchool youth came of age. Ezl ek is located in front of the Café Astoria and was from the end of the World War II until the late 1980s a beloved meeting point of Maribor's highschool youth. The corner was named by the teachers who weren't too pleased by the fact that their pupils would gather and hang out in front of their beloved café.


The Ezlekers were the main Maribor's hotshots who always kept their finger on the pulse of what was happening locally, often they themselves were a part of those happenings. Today, every Ezleker would gladly share a story or two from those care-free times they spent at their Ezl ek. 


Another special little corner of the Castle Square is the one where the bright future of Maribor shone through. In 1883, a big steam mill owned by Karl Schebaum stood on the Castle Square. Mr Schebaum was struck by an idea that would change the future of Maribor. He connected an electricity generating dynamo to the steam machine and so the first 36 light bulbs in Maribor illuminated his business premises. It was only 3 years prior that T.A. Edison patented the light bulb in the USA. A light bulb also illuminated the entrance into the house of the Schebaum family. Thus, this was the first time that an electric light bulb brought light to Maribor, Slovenia and this part of Europe. 


Unfortunately, after that the development of electrification in Maribor slowed down because the electricity was simply too expensive for the end user and was not yet introduced into general use. 



GRAJSKI TRG

 

Grajski trg, ki je dobi svoje ime po gradu, je eden od številnih trgov v Mariboru, poln zgodovine in imenitnih zgradb. 

Trg ima za seboj bogato zgodovino, polno zgodb in zgodbic, ki se jih domačini še danes z veseljem spominjajo. Prav posebna zgodba je zagotovo zgodba o Oslovskem vogalu. Skoraj ni Mariborčana, ki ne bi poznal slavnega EzlEka, vogal, ki je popeljal mariborsko srednješolsko mladino na pot odraslosti. EzlEk je pred kavarno Astoria in je bil od 2. svetovne vojne vse do poznih 80. let 20. stoletja priljubljena točka zbiranja mariborske srednješolske mladine. Ime so mu nadeli učitelji, ki jim ni bilo najbolj povšeči, da so se njihovi dijaki zbirali pred njihovo priljubljeno kavarno. 

Ezlekarji pa so bili prvi mariborski frajerji, ki so bili vedno na tekočem z lokalnim dogajanjem, del katerega so velikokrat bili tudi sami. Danes ni Ezlekarja, ki ne bi z veseljem z vami podelil zgodbe ali dveh o časih, ki so jih preživeli brezskrbno na svojem EzlEku. 

Prav gotovo pa je posebnost Grajskega trga tudi kotiček, kjer se je pričela svetla prihodnost Maribora. Na Grajskem trgu je bil leta 1883 velik parni mlin, katerega lastnik je bil Karl Schebaum. Gospodu Schebaumu se je tako posvetila ideja, ki je spremenila prihodnost Maribora, na parni stroj je namreč priklopil dinamo, ki je proizvajal električno energijo, s katero je v Mariboru zasvetilo prvih 36 žarnic v njegovih poslovnih prostorih. In to le 3 leta po tem, ko je T. A. Edison v ZDA patentiral žarnico. Prav tako pa je zasvetila žarnica nad vhodom v hišo, kjer je družina Schebaum prebivala. In tako je prvič v Mariboru, Sloveniji in tem delu Evrope zasvetila električna žarnica. 

Po tem dogodku se je razvoj elektrifikacije v Mariboru upočasnil, kajti za končnega uporabnika je bila elektrika predraga, množične uporabe elektrike pa še ni bilo. 

Med prvimi, ki so začeli uporabljati »novo3 tehnologijo«, so bile Južne železnice, ki so namestile 3 diname za razsvetljavo. Leta 1900 so v Götzovi pivovarni s trofaznim generatorjem proizvedli približno 30 kW moči za potrebe obrata. 

Izgradnja Falske elektrarne pa je Mariboru in okolici omogočila pospešeno elektrifikacijo.