Zborov Castle or known as Makovica near the village of Zborov in the district of Bardejov is nowadays ruined by a former castle. The first written mention of the castle comes from the early 14th century. The craft of 1355 testifies to the craft. King Ľudovít I granted the castellan of the Makovica Castle (Zborovsky hrad) the privilege to search for gold and silver or other metals. The property of Cudarovci clan was in the years 1364 – 1470. After their death, the king Matej donated the estate to the Rozgonyiovci clan, who lived there until 1512. After them the castle was acquired by the Tárczayovci family, who belonged to 1548. Serédyovci family belonged in 1548-1601. bought the Rakocians. The imperial army attacked him in the period of the Estates uprising and in 1684 it was demolished. The struggle between the Russians and the Austrians during World War I also left a mark on him.
The ruins of Čabraď Castle are located in the middle of nature, undisturbed by a modern civilization, in the heart of a natural reservation in the cadastral area of Čabradský Vrbovok in Krupinský district in the Middle Slovakia. The beginnings of the castle are not known precisely because of insufficient and unclear sources, but it can be assumed that it originated in the 13th century, but more likely during the 14th century. The end of the castle can be considered year 1812 when its owner František Kohári ordered to burn it. The non-profit Rondel civic association is currently working on ruins, which is responsible for its preservation. Castle ruins are freely accessible all year round. http://www.rondel.sk/hrad/ako-sa-dostat-na-hrad/
The site has been settled since the Neolithic Age and fortified since the Bronze and Iron Age and later by Celts and Romans. The cliff (elevation 212 meters) is an ideal place for a fort due to its position at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. The fort watches over an important trade route along the Danube as well as one branch of the Amber Road. The castle stands just inside Slovak territory on the frontier between Slovakia and Austria. The border runs from west to east along the Morava River and subsequently the Danube. Prior to 1989, the Iron Curtain between the Eastern Bloc and the West ran just in front of the castle. Although the castle was open to the public, the area surrounding it constituted a restricted military zone, and was heavily fortified with watchtowers and barbed wire. After the Velvet Revolution the area was demilitarised. The most photographed part of the castle is the tiny watchtower, known as the Maiden Tower. Separated from the main castle, it balances perilously on a lone rock and has spawned countless legends concerning imprisoned lovelorn daughters leaping to their deaths. Inside the castle is a sprawling landscape of walls, staircases, open courtyards and gardens in various states of disrepair. They are all, […]