How did people in Ptuj trade in the old days? -


The Archbishop of Salzburg granted Ptuj its city rights in 1376 in a statute, which is the oldest document of its kind in Slovenia. You might find some of the city’s trading rules from those times quite unconventional:

  1. Ptuj had already imposed a special regulation on the wine market in those times. No wine could be brought to the city after St. Martin’s days, and the fate of confiscated shipments depended on their quality. Bad wine was spilled, good wine given to patients in the hospital, and excellent wine went to the Archbishop.
  2. In times of bread shortages, a judge inspected the city bakeries. If a baker had flour but no bread to sell, they were fined. What is more, if they started baking smaller bread, the judge seized it and the bread was distributed to the poor.
  3. Goods were first sold to townswomen, and then to marketplace vendors in return for them paying taxes. Peddlers were not allowed to buy goods already imported in the city, which was aimed at preventing peddling.

Three traditional fairs from that era have been preserved in Ptuj to this day, St. George’s, Oswald’s, and Catherine’s. On those days, streets are filled with different products, with traders from all over, with buyers, and those just feasting their eyes. Feel the rush of trading in city squares and markets and try to haggle.

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