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One story from Nové Zámky's years of Turkish occupation centres on Ján Bottyán, who is considered a hero for sneaking in via the Nitra River, which flows behind the town, and throwing a praying imam from the fortress' tower. Bottyán then narrowly escaped through a drawbridge.
In the 18th century, rebels seized Nové Zámky and built a stone dam that could flood the town, if needed.
And later, as a town started to develop around the fortress, the Kaiser Court in Vienna ordered the fortress walls be demolished, so Nové Zámky would never pose a threat again.
This postcard shows Nové Zámky in 1933. The Nitra River is in the background.
By Branislav Chovan
8. Oct 2007 at 0:00