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Published: June 16th 2008
The first castle construction started in 1113.
Today Sylvia, her brother, his girlfriend, and I traveled to the village of Bojnice to see Bojnice castle. It is the most popular museum/castle in Slovakia and has been shown in several movies. The castle was constructed starting in 1113 and was continually modified through the 17th century. It was owned by King Matthius of Hungary who enjoyed the location and spent a large amount of time there. The last royal owners were the Palffy family, who after several centuries, sold the castle to Jan Bata, who had this property confiscated by the communists.
After seeing the castle, we went next door to the Zoo, which is the oldest in Slovakia. The bears were a main attraction, and each had a large tractor tire chained to the ground as a chew toy. After the zoo we made the long drive back to Roznava.
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