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Orava Castle

Orava CastleOrava Castle is one of the most picturesque and interesting castle buildings in Slovakia. Its location and appearance of narrow valleys of Orava on a steep rocky hill above the Orava River is indelibly written into memory. Anyone who passes through or along the rail Orava region has noted the changing picture. Visitors welcome lock with several courtyards, repaired walls, roofs. Castle consists of three distinct parts: the upper, middle and lower castle. The highest part of the citadel is on a steep rocky limestone cliff 112 m above the Orava River. Middle part consists of medieval buildings Corvin Palace and John of Oak. In this space added after 1800, other buildings, especially Palffy Palace. Lower Castle consists mainly Thurzov palace, castle church, which are buried some members of Thurzo family and where there is a nice epitaph Imre Thurza, earlier called. archival tower and terrace with Glorieta. This terrace is several years conducted summer theater performances. Historical data is the first time mention Orava castle around 1267, when it was mentioned as a royal property. Events troubled 17th century did not avoid Orava. Aristocratic rebellion, especially Tököly, also hit this region, which in 1672 occupied the rebel group led by Zemplínske yeomen Gašpar peak. Against occupied castle Emperor sent General Sporka the army which occupied the castle, where part of the crew betrayed him. At the initiative of professionals created in 1868 at the castle museum collections, which were dominant objects in relation to forest values ​​Orava and mining. Until 1918, the castle and made ​​some repair work. The largest construction repair and restoration of the castle since 1800, began after 1953, when the Orava castle passed between objects national cultural property. Until 1968, when the Orava Museum in the restored areas celebrated the hundredth anniversary of its collections, carried out most repairs. Exposure Orava museum chronicles the life and culture of the Orava people and tens of thousands of visitors. Considering the value and specificity of castle architecture and efficacy Orava Castle has announced the first group of national cultural heritage. Opening hours: November to March: daily 10:00 to 15:00 - announced visits min. 15 people 1-29.apríl closed May, September: daily 8:30 to 17:00 June: daily 8:30 to 17:30 July, August: daily 8:30 to 18:00 October: daily 8:30 to 16:00 Contact: 027 41 Oravský Podzámok Tel .: +421 43 581 61 11, +421 43 582 02 40 Fax: +421 43 581 61 30 E-mail: muzeum@oravamuzeum.sk Web: http://www.oravahrad.sk

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