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SK, Stara Lubovna: Guardian Castle and an Open-Air Museum – VIDEO
In the northeastern cornerof Slovakia, in the region of Presov, you will discover the small town of Stara Lubovna. A majestic castle of the same name rises above the town.. Let us now visit it together and see the exhibition in the Museum of Folk Architecture.
Because Stara Lubovna is located near the border with Poland, it is understandable that the castle was also built to guard the border and the trade route between Poland and the then Kingdom of Hungary. Its construction was commenced probably in the second half of the 13th century.
In 1412, along with several towns and other castles in the region of Spis, it became a property administered by Polish state as a loan deposit. Because the administrators of the backed-up towns chose Stara Lubovna castle, they could develop it further. In 1553 it almost destroyed a great fire, but the administrators almost immediately began extensive reconstruction and rebuilding in the Renaissance style. The last major rebuilding and expansion, this time in Baroque style, was achieved in the 17th century.
Since the castle is partially repaired today and equipped with a nicely processed exposure, you can at least look a bit in the way of life a few centuries ago. Part of the local museum is a historical exposition, an exhibition of period furniture and an exhibition about the life and pedigree of the last owners of the castle - the Zamoy family.
The oldest part of the castle - a circular tower at the highest point of the hill on which the castle stands - was repaired as well. The exit to the tower is not easy, but a long view of the area is worth it. To the north lies the Lubovnianska Highlands, you will see Siroky Hill. On the other side, there lies the town of Stara Lubovna and the confluence of Poprad and Jakubianka.
If you go on a trip to the castle, definitely stop at the Museum of Folk Architecture. There is also a beautiful wooden church of St. Archangel Michael from the village of Matys. In the houses, you can see individual scenes from everyday life in the village.
Personally, I stopped at the castle and saw the open-air museum during my bike trip across Slovakia. I recommend to visit this place for everyone.
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