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Gomarn Castle (Burgruine
Gomarn Castle is a medieval citadel situated in
Lavant Valley near a town of Bad
Sankt Leonhard im Lavanttal, Carinthia
state of Austria.
Bad Sankt Leonhard im Lavanttal,
Constructed: 14th century
Description of Gomarn Castle
Gomarn Castle was erected in
the 14th century. Its name is derived from the church of Saint
Leonhard, constructed by Bishop Otto I that stands in the center of
the upper Lavant valley, which then was known as Gaminare or Gomarn.
During medieval period the fortress was name the castle of Saint
Leonhard, but over time the name of Gomarn was stuck with the fort.
The walls that surround and protect Gomarn Castle date back to the
16th century. After Gomarn Castle lost its strategic importance it
was turned into a private residence. However in 1762 and 1808 a
series of devastating fires destroyed the structure.
Gomarn Castle was abandoned
and it fell in disrepair. Today Gomarn Castle is open to the public.
The oldest part of the fortress is its central square dungeon tower.
It dates back to the 14th century. Curtail walls that reach four
storeys in height were added in the 15th century.