Spis castle

The Spis Castle is one of Slovakia's most extensive castles. It is a dominant feature of the Spis region. It is beautifully placed in the countryside on travertine rock. By the 12th century, it had been remarked on as a regional castle. The main body of the castle was fortified by stone outer walls in the first half of the 13th century, enabling the castle to resist Tartar raids in 1241. A Romanesque palace and a dwelling tower were built in the castle at this time. The provost's palace and the now non-existent Romanesque chapel were added after the middle of the 13th century. The castle was extended by the addition of a central courtyard with entry gate and barbican in the 14th century. The extensive lower courtyard was built in the middle of the 15th century. During a fire in 1780, the castle suffered extensive damage and was not rebuilt afterwards.

Extensive research, conservation and the installation of an exhibit hall in recent times has brought this important monument a new lease on life, and opened it to the public. In 1993, the castle and its surroundings (including Spisske Podhradie, Spisska kapitula and the church in Zehra) were listed as significant cultural and nature sites among some 300 of the most important monuments in the world.

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