10 Interesting Facts About Hrad Devin

Facts About Hrad Devin

Facts About Hrad Devin

  • The site has been settled since the Neolithic Age and fortified since the Bronze and Iron Age and later by Celts and Romans.
  • Devín Castle is a castle in Devín, which is a borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
  • Devín Castle is one of the oldest castles in Slovakia. The castle was likely first mentioned in written sources in 864
  • The name of the castle is probably derived from the old Indo-European/Proto-Slavic stem deiv- with apophony doiv- related to light and visual perception.
  • In May 2018, the museum opened the upper part of Devín Castle to the public with a new exposition in cave spaces entitled “Devín Castle in the 13th – 20th Century”.
  • 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.
  • The most photographed part of the castle is the tiny watchtower, known as the Maiden Tower.
  • In 1635 the castle was inherited by Pavol Pálffy, but in this period the castle mostly served only as an administrative and economic centre.
  • Devín has become an important national symbol for the Slovaks. It featured both on the reverse of the former 500 Czechoslovak koruna banknote and the 50 Halierov coins of the Slovak currency.
  • Geographic Coordinates: 48°10′25″N 16°58′42″E
Facts About Hrad Devin
Facts About Hrad Devin

10 Interesting Facts About Bratislava Castle

Facts About Bratislava Castle

Facts About Bratislava Castle

  • Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
  • The first traces of settlement on the Castle Hill stem from the transition period between the Stone and Bronze Age, called Aeneolthicum. The hill was then inhabited by people of a groove ornamental pottery period, known as Baden Culture.
  • Bratislava became the official coronation town for Hungarian Kings and the castle became the formal seat of the kings of Royal Hungary.
  • Bratislava Castle was first written reference to the city, which appears in the Annals of Salzburg of 907, in association with a battle between Bavarians and Hungarians.
  • After the Empress and her son Joseph II died, the castle was deserted and became a military garrison.
  • On June 6, 2010, the reconstruction of the Honorary Courtyard of Bratislava Castle was completed with a large nationally televised unveiling ceremony of an equestrian statue of King Svätopluk I by Slovak sculptor Ján Kulich.
  • The main Castle building includes 4 towers. The tallest and largest is the Crown Tower, on the southwest corner.
  • On 28 May 1811, a fire begun accidentally by garrisoned soldiers gutted the structure
  • In the 1930s plans were put forward to either rebuild the castle ruins into a new structure or to destroy it altogether.
  • The name of the castle is recorded on coins, issued by the first Hungarian king Stephan I (1000-1038) with engraving- Preskava Civ, which certainly means as much as Preslavov (Breslavov) Castle.
Facts About Bratislava Castle
Facts About Bratislava Castle

15 Interesting Facts About Bratislava

Facts About Bratislava

Facts About Bratislava

  1. In 2017, Bratislava was ranked as the third richest region of the European Union by GDP.
  2. Bratislava receives around 1 million tourists every year.
  3. The city received its contemporary name in 1919.
  4. The first known permanent settlement of the area began with the Linear Pottery Culture, around 5000 BC in the Neolithic era.
  5. In 1993, the city became the capital of the newly formed Slovak Republic following the Velvet Divorce.
  6. People who have received the honorary citizenship of Bratislava are Václav Havel & Roy Martin Umbarger.
  7. Bratislava has a total area of 367.58 square kilometres (141.9 sq mi).
  8. Bratislava average altitude is 140 metres (460 ft).
  9. Nicknames for Bratislava include Little Big City and Beauty on the Danube.
  10. On March 27, 1919, the name Bratislava was officially adopted for the first time to replace the previous Slovak name Prešporok.
  11. Bratislava and Vienna are the closest two capitals in Europe, only 60km far away from each other.
  12. Bratislava is the seat of the national government, the presidency, and the parliament.
  13. Bratislava is divided into 5 national districts.
  14. Bratislava is the world’s only national capital that shares its city borders with two independent countries.
  15. Bratislava is twinned with Yerevan, Armenia; Vienna, Austria; Ruse, Bulgaria; Larnaka, Cyprus; Prague, Czech Republic; Alexandria, Egypt; Turku, Finland; Bremen, Germany; Ulm, Germany; Thessaloniki, Greece; Székesfehérvár, Hungary; Perugia, Italy; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Kraków, Poland; Ljubljana, Slovenia; İzmir, Turkey; Kyiv, Ukraine & Cleveland, USA.
Facts About Bratislava
Facts About Bratislava