Sunday, July 22, 2012

Aquacity Poprad (Slovakia)

Aquacity Poprad (water park) is located in the heart of north east Slovakia, with views to the spectacular High Tatras Mountains.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Zadiel valley

Zádiel (original Hungarian name is Szádelő) is a village 40km from Kosice (Kassa) and 4km from Torna in Slovak Karst (Slovensky Kras). It is united with Szádudvarnok and this new village called Zádielské Dvorniky.

This village was called Zadeley in 1317. First part of name - Zad (Szád) - means opening and slot, the end part "eley" (elő) means "front of something". This name mentions the village is placed at the entrance of a steep walled valley.
This valley arose by poured caves and between the 3-400m height walls there is Blatnica-stream.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Krasnahorka Castle After fire


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Krasznahorka, located near Rozsnyó (Rožňava) in south-eastern Slovakia, just north of the Hungarian border, was one of the most intact medieval castles of Upper Hungary, built by the Bebek family and later owned for centuries by the Andrássy family.

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Krasznahorka managed to escape war damage both during the Turkish wars and later, in WWII. It burned down only once before, in 1817. The castle has been operated as a family museum and mausoleum since about the mid-19th century. Exhibitions inside the castle included valuable paintings, furniture and weapons. One of the large bastions has been turned into a Baroque chapel - famously holding the mummy of Zsófia Serédy, the wife of István Andrássy.



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On 10 March 2012, the castle was badly damaged by fire. According to the fire officers involved, the fire began as a result of careless burning of dry grass. On 11 March 2012, the police spokesman for the Košice region announced that "the grass caught fire after two boys (aged 11 and 12) attempted to light up a cigarette. The grass fire spread and reached the castle.
The castle building suffered extensive damage. The roof, the exhibition area in the Gothic palace and the bell tower were completely destroyed. Three bells in the bell tower were melted by the heat. Initially, it was thought that many of the building's historic artefacts had been destroyed.[However, according to the Interior Minister of Slovakia Daniel Lipšic, "...the vast majority of exhibits remained undamaged". Daniel Krajcer, Minister of Culture, commented that only the upper part of the castle (including collections) had been destroyed. The Slovak National Museum has stated that 90% of the collections were undamaged.

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(Sources: wikipedia and Medival Hungary)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dobšinská Maša (Slovakia)

Palcmanska Masa, Slovak Paradise National Park ) not so far from Dobsina Ice Cave.

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Dobšinská ice cave

Dobšinská ice cave belongs among the most important ice caves in the world. Since 2000 it is inscribed on the world heritage list. As compared with known high-mountain ice caves Eisriesenwelt and Dachstein-Rieseneishöhle in Austrian Alps or with the Romanian Scărişoara Cave in Bihor Mts., which has the glaciated part at elevations of 1,100 to 1,120 m n. m., the monumental glaciation of the Dobšinská Ice Cave persist for thousands of years at elevations only 920 to 950 m.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Watermill at Aggtelek National Park (Hungary)

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The watermill is situted at the bank of Josva stream at the Aggtelek National Park.

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