Town of Ludbreg, the world and Centrum Mundi
All those who think that the centre of the world is around the equator are terribly wrong. The centre of the world is located at 46 °, 14 minutes and 58 seconds latitude and 16 °, 37 minutes and 21 seconds longitude, to be more precise – at the town of Ludbreg.
The story dates from the Roman times.
The ancient Romans appreciated the good position of Ludbreg, so they built a Castrum Iovia-town (the forum, baths, sewers), which became the trading and transportation centre of the region. From that time comes a legend that says that in Ludbreg circles of the earth were designed and drawn and at the edges of those circles several large metropolis developed.
Ludbreg was, the same legend says, at that very point where the Satan was squashed into the ground and pushed to the opposite side of the globe. This legend was re-actualized by Dr. Erasmus Wedigen, a Swiss art historian who has often visited the Conservation Centre located in the Batthyany castle.
The persistent Swiss studied the latitude and longitude and found out that Ludbreg's antipode - the point on the opposite side of the globe was the New Zealand's island of Antipodes.
Ludbreg is the point where water and fire flow at the same time because the flames come from the centre of the Earth. Ludbreg unites the 4 elements of the world: Earth, Water, Fire and Air, and the fifth element: the wine. Every year on April 01, wine flows from the city's fountains.