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Muráň Castle

OF ALL Slovak castles, Muráň Castle in the northern Gemer region, has a rather peculiar history. The castle's stubborn isolation and inaccessibility seemed predestined for an unusual fate.
One of its owners, fearsome knight Matej Bašo, who lived there in the 16th century, used it as a base to terrorise a vast area. The Slovak language even contains a memory of him - bašovať means to carelessly manage.



OF ALL Slovak castles, Muráň Castle in the northern Gemer region, has a rather peculiar history. The castle's stubborn isolation and inaccessibility seemed predestined for an unusual fate.

One of its owners, fearsome knight Matej Bašo, who lived there in the 16th century, used it as a base to terrorise a vast area. The Slovak language even contains a memory of him - bašovať means to carelessly manage.

A century later the castle was witness to an anti-Habsburg conspiracy plotted by Hungarian palatine Ferenc Wesselényi.

Today, Muráň Castle is just a ruin. But the picturesque scenery on the above postcard from 1930s is still fascinating.


By Branislav Chovan
Special to the Spectator

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