Orava Castle

posted on 28th of november, 2009

Orava Castle, in the Orava region in northern Slovakia.

History & Facts

Orava castle is considered to be one of the most interesting and famous castles in Slovakia. It is situated on the high rock above the river Orava, in the village Oravsky Podzamok, in northern Slovakia.
The castle is divided into three parts Higher, Middle and Lower Castle. These parts were gradually built during centuries. Oldest part of the castle is the Romanesque citadel. It was built in 13th century as guardian fortification of the road to Poland. As the time passed by the castle was owed and protected by various placeholders. They changed the shape of the castle by adding new constructions and fortifications to what we know today.

Catastrophe & Reconstruction
At the beginning of the 19th century the whole castle was almost destroyed by a huge fire. Some parts of the castle were reconstructed at that time but massive reconstruction happened mostly in the 20th century. Now the whole castle is declared as a national cultural monument.

There is Orava Museum based in the castle with various archaeological, natural science and ethnography expositions. Along with museum many other attractions can be seen there including Night Tours, Weddings, various Festivals and much more. This castle is also a popular location for filming fairy tale, or horror movies. Many scenes of the world famous Nosferatu film from the year 1922 were filmed there.
If you happen to be in Slovakia don’t forget to visit it. It is definitely worth a visit.

Want to know more?
Wikipedia article about the Orava Castle.

Comments (9)

Posted by Jareso on November 30, 2009
Thanks to everyone for comments, I am very happy that you like it ;-)
Posted by Wildmac on November 29, 2009
Thanks for the great tour! I love learning the history and stories behind the great travel images here at DT :0)
Posted by Linqong on November 29, 2009
Great shots!
I like the second picture very much!
"Orava Castle-at night."
Posted by Jinlide on November 29, 2009
Beautiful shots and great story! Thanks for sharing, Boris!
Posted by Frantab01 on November 28, 2009
interesting blog, thanks for the info - great shots too :) wish you lots of sales
Posted by Creativei on November 28, 2009
Nice shots, i love the first one.
Posted by smartview27 on November 28, 2009
great castle and views, Boris!
Posted by Roberto1977 on November 28, 2009
Thank you for this blog: really interesting. And very nice shots. Bye, Rob.
Posted by Mani33 on November 28, 2009
Great shots & history! Thanks for sharing them ;)
Cheers :)

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