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Plavecký Hrad

Plavecký Castle used to be part of the Low Carpathian defence front that guarded the Hungarian Empire's western border. It was built in the 13th century, at the latest, by the Polovci, a nomadic tribe from Russian savannahs whom Hungarian kings invited in to protect the Záhorie region.

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Plavecký Castle used to be part of the Low Carpathian defence front that guarded the Hungarian Empire's western border. It was built in the 13th century, at the latest, by the Polovci, a nomadic tribe from Russian savannahs whom Hungarian kings invited in to protect the Záhorie region.

Ownership of the castle has changed hands many times throughout the centuries. At one point, it was given to Stibor of Stiborice. And it was occupied by the Pálffy family. Peter Bornemisza, a famous Protestant preacher and activist, had his printing house there between 1579 and 1582. But in 1706, the castle was severely damaged during battles between the Habsburg army and Rákóczian rebels. Since this time, it has been neglected.

This postcard from the 1920s shows the castle in the condition it can also be seen today.


Prepared by Branislav Chovan

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