Bystrica has launched a check on the stability of the Považský Castle ruin in western Slovakia.
Currently, the ruin is in such bad shape that people can enter it only at their own risk, the SITA newswire wrote.
Last year, the town bought the ruin from the local Club of Slovak Tourists Sparta, and resolved to renovate the historical site. This architectural-historical research is the first step in castle’s reconstruction.
According to Jozef Závacký, an expert from Trenčín, their primary task is to carry out as many field assessments as possible, so that they can evaluate them in the winter. The town obtained a subsidy of Sk1 million from the Culture Ministry for the research.
“The result will be a report by an expert and an architect concerning the need to do more work at the castle in 2009,” the spokesman of the town said. “Consequently, Považská Bystrica plans to ask for further funds from the Culture Ministry."
Považský Castle dates from the 13th century. Since it burnt down in 1623, only dilapidated ruins have remained.