Topo??any Castle - Slovakia
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Fans of history will perhaps climb the hill towering above the village Podhradie in the Považský Inovec Mountains in west Slovakia with the Topoľčany Castle on its top.
This royal castle from the 13th century became the centre of the castle estate of Topoľčany. In the 15th century it was occupied by the Hussites and later it fulfilled an important task in defence against the Turks. During Rákóczi's rebellion it was severely damaged by the Imperial troops and although it was later reconstructed, it fell in decay.
Today its main tower in Romantic style with well preserved fortifications dominates in the horizon.
The views from the platform below the castle are unique. Above all the eastern side where almost the whole upper part of the region Nitra, mountain range of Tribeč with its dominant Zobor and mountains Strážovské vrchy in the north-east, as well as the side ridge of mountain range Považský Inovec are captivating.
The cave Opálená skala and remains of the Hallstat settlement at Úhrada are within reach as well.
The castle recently underwent and is still undergoing essential reconstruction at the moment thanks to the Civic Association 'Občianske združenie Topoľčiansky hrad' and its generous donors.
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