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Orava Castle (Oravský hrad)

Orava Castle



Location: 60 km (50 mi) North of Banska Bystrica   Map

Tel. (043) 581 61 11

Open: May- Mar: daily




Description of Orava Castle or Oravský Castle


Orava Castle or Oravský Castle is a medieval citadel situated 60 km (50 mi) North of Banska Bystrica in Slovakia. Orava Castle or Oravský Castle was constructed in 1267 on a site of older wooden fort that was destroyed by the Tatar invasion in the middle of the 13th century. The castle was increased over centuries of its existence. The most recent additions date back to the 17th century. By the turn of the 18th century Orava Castle lost most of its military strategic use and turned into a residence. In 1800 a devastating fire swept through the medieval fortress. Remaining ruins were abandoned and forgotten. The reconstruction began only in 1953 and today it is managed by Orava Museum that displays a collection of historic and archeological artifacts.










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