THE EVE OF BATTLE: LEVICE CASTLE

EN: Imagine. You stand among strong stone walls. And before your eyes, a story begins. While talking about the last battle, two knights were strapping their armour on. In the shadow of the late afternoon a little servant boy grooms a horse dreaming of the battle the horse and its master, the captain of the castle won against the Ottomans. Hubbub and laughter flow from the open kitchen window, where kitchen girls gossip about the captain´s latest love story. The captain, Stephan Koháry, is a legend and a hero. He crushed the Ottomans and banished them from the land in the famous battle of Levice in 1664. Levice castle is not a regular castle. It does not stand on a rock, nor deep in a forest, no marked hiking path leads in front of its gate. This castle rests quietly in the middle of a town, surrounded by panel houses.  But it has its unique charm. It was built in the Gothic style on top of a volcanic rock, protruding above the marsh of the Hron river in the 13th century. Standing sentry the castle guarded the road leading to the central Slovak mining towns. Until it became a part of the fortification system together with the fortresses of Fiľakovo, Bzovík, and Komárno in the 16th century, when the Ottomans saddled horses and set out for a campaign in Europe.

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SK: Levický hrad nie je taký štandarný hrad. Nestojí ani na vysokej skale,  ani nie je ukrytý hlboko v lese, pred jeho bránu nevedie značkovaný turistický chodník. Levický hrad stojí ticho uprostred mesta, obklopený panelákmi. Avšak má jedinečný šarm. Postavili ho v druhej polovici 13. storočia s cieľom brániť južný prístup k bohatým stredoslovenským banským mestám. Za miesto jeho výstavby bola zvolená skalná vyvýšenina obklopená močaristým územím.  Dnes po močiari nie je ani pamiatka, ale napriek nižšej polohe bol určite dobre chránený.  Do histórie hradu totižto zasiahli turecké vojenské akcie. Prvýkrát ho Turci dobyli, druhýkrát, počas slávnej veľkej bitky pri Leviciach, boli porazení.

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