Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

Castle complex in Nitra lacks a castle

THE NITRA Castle complex is among the most beautiful in Slovakia despite the paradox that no real castle can be found there. Only its fortifications remain.

THE NITRA Castle complex is among the most beautiful in Slovakia despite the paradox that no real castle can be found there. Only its fortifications remain.

There is, however, a picturesque bishop’s palace and three churches: a Romanesque church from the 11th century, the Gothic “Upper Church” from the 14th century, and the Baroque “Lower Church” from the 17th century. The Baroque tower is shown in this postcard from 1933.

A stone bridge that leads to the castle was built together with early Baroque ramparts, spanning the dry moat.

The three-part gate at the end of the bridge forms a semi-circle, which was a common architectural feature at the time because it prevented fortifications from being easily broken through.

The bridge used to be decorated with sandstone sculptures of saints. Unfortunately, none of them has been preserved.

St John the Baptist’s statue was destroyed during the Second World War; the others disappeared in the ensuing years.


Top stories

Budgetary deficit supposed to be under 1 percent for the first time

MPs approved the public administration budget for the next year, with 82 voting for it, and 59 against.

Finance Minister Peter Kažimír

President to appoint missing Constitutional Court justices

The court will have its full complement of judges after three years.

President Andrej Kiska

Austrian natural gas station close to Slovak border exploded Video

The incident, which claimed one fatality and at least 18 injuries, also created an emergency in a Slovak village close to the Austrian border.

The explosion of Austrian natural gas station in Baumgarten, December 12.

Blog: Environmental sustainability is the future for sustainability in business

A great example of how you can make a difference by sharing your passion with others: Ivana Maleš, co-founder of the Institute for Circular Economy, describes her journey to a sustainability consultant.

Illustrative stock photo