Castles November 16th, 2010 Go Pushkin

Castles in Slovakia

Slovakia is famuos for its castles, of which some were playing key roles in European history.

Bojnice Castle, Slovakia

Slovak Castles

There are well over 150 castles in Slovakia, and they are standing monuments to the rich history that is contained within this region. The region which is today known as Slovakia was the target of a number of invasions, and this was largely due to its central locations in Europe, which allowed soldiers to enter it from multiple sides. The castles of Slovakia also played an important role during the Reformation, as they assisted troops who were preparing themselves for combat during this time. The castles were frequently used and owned by the nobility, and they were symbols of their power and influence.

Land of Castles

Due to the large number of castles, I won’t be able to list all of them here, but I will briefly go over some of the most popular ones. Bojnice Castle is one which is near the city of Prievidza. This castle is prominent because it has been restored more times than the other castles. There are a number of activities available here for all members of the family, especially children. A health spa is available, and the castle has existed since 1113. During parts of its history, it has served as a storage center for various artifacts. Another large castle in the country is Bratislava Castle. It is one of the most important ones, and restoration projects weren’t conducted on it until the 1950s. At present undergoing a major reconstruction.

Blood-thirsty Countess

Cachtice Castle is another one of the more famous, the home of the bloody Countess Bathory. Cachtice was once controlled and owned by Elizabeth Bathory, a countess who would be imprisoned in her own castle due to allegations that she tortured and brutally murdered young village girls. Cachtice Castle played an important role in defending the region against the Turks. This castle was heavily damaged in the 17th century, and as of this writing, it hasn’t been restored.