HOME OF SLOVAK MEDICI: OPONICE CASTLE AND CHATEAU APPONY

EN: Got be praised, the Mongols have finally withdrawn! We listen to the words of Hungarian King Belo IV and his ambitions plans. The 13th century was the time of a huge building boom. After the Mongols destroyed everything, Belo IV managed the construction of a beautiful castle in this place. While it escaped the Turks, it was almost destroyed by a woman, called Anna, who organized the theft of its treasures from the Teres tower. Later, we harken to a poet Eloise Beutel, who characterized it as a “Jewel of Hungary”: “A place where writers, poets, painters or sculptors met to capture the spirit of time, the uniqueness of the moment, the beauty of nature, the old manor and the romantic ruins of the old castle.”  And we continue to admire a charming Renaissance castle, where we, at the table, discuss with Anton George Apponyi his passion for art and education, and for the Medici and Fugger period.  And, for books. He is proud of Biblioteka Apponiana with 30.000 works. Even the enlightened queen Maria Theresa would love it. Everywhere we look and everything we touch, we can feel the love for books. Amazing!

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SK: A na tom mieste v čase veľkého stavebného boomu v 13. storočí po pustošivých vpádoch Tatarov nechá kráľ Belo IV. postavit krásny hrad. Hrad, ktorý nikdy   nedobijú Turci, len jedna žena, Anna, ktorá z hradnej veže Tereš nechá ukradnúť cennosti šľachticov z celého okolia. Neskôr ho poetka Eloise Beutel nazve Perlou Uhorska. A mnohí umelci sa pôjdu presvedčiť, či je to tak a nájdu tam pokoj a tvorivú inšpiráciu. A taktiež renesančný kaštieľ. Ktorého vznešení majitelia Apponiovci sa po vzore Medici z Florencie a Fugger z Augsburgu stanu mecenášmi umenia a vzdelanosti.  A pod vplyvom vlny osvietenstva Márie Terézie založia knižnicu, Biblioteku Apponianu s 30 tis. zväzkami, v ktorej pri plápolajúcom ohni sa neskôr do diel Machiavelliho a Shakespeare začítajú aj bratia amerického prezidenta Roosvelta.

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