It was named after the grey colour of the rock that was built shortly before 1350. Former royal castle Sivý Kameň (Grey Stone) above Podhradie village in Prievidza county was built as the new administrative centre in the southern area of the Bojnice dominion.
Today, only ruins of the national cultural monument remain, but citizens’ association Úhoľ is taking care of its reconstruction.
“The first written mention of the castle is from 1352. So, the ruin of the castle is from the 14th century but construction had to happen several decades earlier. Paradoxically, it is not the oldest settlement at castle hill; this place was also attractive for representatives of so-called Púchov culture,” said Dominika Andreánska of the citizens’ association, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
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Grey Stone is according to her one of the least preserved castle ruins in Slovakia, but its importance has not lessened with time.
“It is one of the little castles of upper Ponitrie that played a vital role during the Middle Ages as the parallel of Bojnice Castle. It was in charge of the area of the left banks of river Nitra,” she said, as quoted by TASR.
Volunteers are trying to preserve the remains of architecture located above ground but also uncover what is hidden underground, Andreánska said, adding there could be surprises hidden within. In the past, volunteers focused on the torso of the defence tower.
20. Nov 2019 at 22:08 | TASR, Compiled by Spectator staff