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Hrad Lietava, Zilina

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The Lietava Castle is an extensive castle ruin in the Súľov Mountains of northern Slovakia, between the villages of Lietava and Lietavská Svinná-Babkov in the Žilina District.HistoryThe castle was built after 1241, most likely as an administrative and military centre. In the early 14th century, it is mentioned with Máté Csák III, one of the powerful magnates in the Kingdom of Hungary. The castle changed hands until the 16th century when the Thurzó family gained it. It was reconstructed and fortified, and given its own military garrison. After the death of Imre Thurzó in 1621, it was divided between his heirs. After the ownership disputes in 1641, they lost interest in it. The castle report in 1698 said that the castle was uninhabited and there was only an archive, which was moved to the Orava Castle (Árva) in the 1760s. After that, the castle was abandoned and not used any more.TodayToday the castle is in the hands of the non-profit organisation Združenie na záchranu Lietavského hradu, which takes care about the castle and perform the conservation works on this ruined castle.
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  • Large and pictoresque castle on a rocky hill. Castle is opened, currently uder restoration by local non profit organisation. Worth of visiting!  more »
  • Very nice place near Žilina City for an half day foot trip. Historical place with beautifull view in nice nature.  more »
  • The ruin of the once famous fortified castle is a nice place for a half day excursion from Žilina. Accessible only on foot or by bike from nearby villages, it is located on a relatively steep hill. Th...  more »
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  • It's free, the forest is beautiful, the cliff top castle spectacular
  • Big castle with great views into the valley
  • very zrucanina with krasnymi vyhladmi, boards, open buffet, sometimes after Castle informacne ad text: festivals
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  • Beautiful views, great wall, nice Woods. Fix in progress.
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  • Very nice ruins, which is worth more than one visit. Beautiful views of the surrounding area.
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