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Slovakia facts and history in brief

Slovakia a central European republic, formerly part of Czechoslovakia.
Occupies an area of 49,035 sq km and is bounded by Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic and dominated by the Carpathian mountains, with the the Gerlach Shield at a height of 2,655 m.

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Viglas (Végles in Hungarian) is a small settlement on the road from Lucenec to Zvolen, - well for us anyway, - because we were travelling that way.

Seriously now. Viglas has a nice castle on top of the hill.

A hunting castle was built in the 14th C. for the king.

In the 16th C. the castle was fortified and became very important as part of the chain of fortifications against the Turkish invasion.

After 1960 the Eszterházy family acquired it and turned it into a luxurious residence.

The castle burned down in 1945.

I, speaking for myself of course, enjoyed playing with trains at the village at the foot of the castle hill, much more than looking at the ruins.

There seemed to be an abundant supply of ruined or not so ruined castles, or fortifications in Slovakia.

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