Orava Castle, Slovakia
One of the most beautiful castles from 13th century standing 112 m (367 ft) high above the Orava River and its right tributary stream Racova, extended in 15th and 16th century, final look formed till beginning of 17th century, reconstructed in 1953-1968.
Architecture : romanesque, gothic, renaissance, baroque
Orava Castle stands on the site of an old wooden fortification (at that time only the ground floor was built of stone, while the upper floors were made of wood) dating back to Great Moravian Empire, built in stone after the Tartar invasion of 1241. Its history since then reveals a familiar pattern of construction, destruction, reconstruction, fire, various ownerships and territorial squabbles.
Slovakia. Orava Castle.
Bratislava Castle in Bratislava Slovakia
The name of the town contains the name of a Great Moravian duke who ruled from the present Bratislava castle - Slovak scientist P. J. Šafárik was the first to note that the seemingly German name (Presburg) concealed a Slovak first name – Brecislav.
Monumental castle known from the beginning of 10th century, built on former Slavonian fortification from 9th century from Great Moravian Empire above Danube river. Latest reconstruction is from 1956-1968. One of the city signatures.
Architecture styles seen in castle: romanesque, gothic, renaissance, baroque
The castle stands on a hill where the earliest occupation dates back to the Neolithic period (5th millennium BC). The Castle was first time mentioned in Salzburg annals in 907 AD (The newly found Salzburg Chronicles contain the oldest name, recorded in 907 in the following wording: Bellum pessimum fuit ad Brezalauspurc (Unsuccessful battle took place at Brezalauspurc) ). Current appearance was built in 15th century AD (1427). The palace wing was built between 1431-34. Next reconstruction happened between 1552 - 1639 lead by Italian architects. The castle became coronation headquarters during the Tartar incursions from the east. The last big reconstruction was based on works of french, italian and austrian architects - J. N. Jadot, L. N. Pacassi and J. B. Martinelli in 1750-1760. In 1811 the castle was ruined by big fire and for 140 years remained damaged. The reconstruction started in 1953 restored its original appearance.
I’ve been working on my laptop at the castle today. It’s good to live so near to the castle. The one thing I hate are these site seeing people that form groups with these ladies that shout into the mic. So annoying when I just want to have my free Sunday ;_; It’s also rude when a tourist takes pictures of me as if I was an attraction..