Mountain climbers helped secure unstable Orava castle rock

Helicopters have also been used for the reconstruction.

(Source: TASR)
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The unstable inner castle rock under the citadel of Orava castle will be reconstructed in the coming weeks. Technical modifications should ensure the safety of the castle for tourists.

There are rocks falling from the castle rock. The transfer of the needed material and devices was ensured by a helicopter.

“In the past, the castle rock was cleared of bushes and small rocks every April,” said Mária Jagnešáková, director of Orava Museum of P.O.Hviezdolav, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Weather causes problems

She added that they want to do it complexly to preserve Orava castle for other generations. That’s why the reconstruction of the rock is very much needed, according to her.

The falling of rocks from the castle rock is caused by weather conditions in the region, especially strong freeze followed by rapid warming.

“From a security point of view, it is a very serious thing; we can't endanger tourists,” she said, as quoted by TASR.

With the help of mountain climbers

It will cost about €132,000; the situation is under the care of the Žilina self-governing region. In the case of good weather, the construction works will last six to eight weeks.

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“It was necessary to clean the castle rock first. These are the works in high elevations and it had to be done by mountain climbers. Now the rock is clean. The helicopter was needed because the first castle gate is really narrow and it is hard for a car to squeeze in,” the director explained, as quoted by TASR.

During the reconstruction, some parts of the castle will not be accessible to visitors. As compensation, the museum will offer the first floor of Thurzo’s palace.

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