Gomarn Castle (Burgruine Gomarn)

Location: Bad Sankt Leonhard im Lavanttal, Carinthia

Constructed: 14th century

 

Gomarn Castle is a medieval citadel situated in Lavant Valley near a town of Bad Sankt Leonhard im Lavanttal, Carinthia state of Austria.

 

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.