A Walk around Devin Castle

A 10 minute drive from Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, will take you to one of the best preserved castle ruins in the country. It is the famous Devin Castle or as Slovaks call it Hrad Devin (the word devin is derived from the Slavic word deva which means girl). Why the castle got this name I am not sure, but the most photographed tower within the castle complex is called the Maiden Tower and many legends are told about abducted virgins that killed themselves by jumping from the top of it.

The castle occupies an excellent position for defensive and lookout purposes, standing on a massive rock hill above the confluence of the Danube and Morava at a stone’s throw away from Austria.

History tells us that the area was inhabited as early as the 5th century B.C., 400 years before Celts came to the area. In the 8th century it was a wooden fortification, and a few centuries later it was replaced by a stone fortress. During the Middle Ages it served as a boundary fortress, military station and a trade centre. It changed owners and they changed its appearance according to their needs. In the 19th century the castle was heavily damaged by Napoleon’s army, and in the 20th it stood at the border between the Eastern Bloc and the West.

Today, visitors to the ruins have an opportunity to see a permanent exhibition on architectural development of the castle from the 11th to 19th century, but I had to skip it since I was in Bratislava just for a day. Nevertheless, I think it was sufficient time for me to “sample” what I liked about Slovakia’s capital and its surroundings.

The last photo in the gallery is showing Devin from a few kilometre distance, from the site that translates as Sandberg which I am planning to show in some of my future posts.

 

 

This is my contribution to Jo’s Monday walk. Pay her a visit and see where her tireless feet are taking you today.

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62 thoughts on “A Walk around Devin Castle

  1. Fabulous, Paula! And you shared your heart with me 🙂 🙂
    Thank you so much. It’s a privilege to have you taking part. I would love to visit this castle in person, as well you know, so thanks for taking me there. Hugs! A bientot! 🙂

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    • Unfortunately, it is not. It’s an area with great landscape but the haze was too thick that day resulting in poor visibility. I had crappy weather the whole time I was in Slovakia. I hope it will be better in Tuscany in October which is my next trip 🙂

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  3. (Talking of the weather , I’ve never experienced a summer like this in all my life!
    Wish you something better for your October holidays!)
    The photos and the place are spectacular , thanks for this share dear Paula

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    • 🙂 It is an interesting country to see. If the light had been better during my visit, the shots would have turned out more presentable. I still prefer the pics I brought back from England. Thank you for your nice visit Phil. I need to see what you have been up to recently 🙂

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  4. I adore ruined castles, as anyone knows. 🙂 But my experiences of them don’t stretch to include other than Spain, France and Italy; and as it turns out (through following your blog) they exist in all manner of places !
    Thank-you for widening my castle ruins horizons, Paula – please feel free to do so whenever you like ! 😀

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    • Hello Uday 🙂 It was one of those hazy, hot humid days with bad clearance, a disapointment when one travels, but the site is exceptionally picturesque. I am always happy to read you. Thank you so much for taking time 🙂

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  5. A beautiful place to be at and enjoy the breath of history that can be felt on every step. Amazing shots, Paula!
    Passing Bratislava on highway I have noticed two impressive old castles on the road, not too far from the city but I have the feeling none of them is Hrad Devin. I hope one day there will be enough time to get off the big road and have a proper look at them to be able to find out more. 🙂

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