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Category: Castles , Local time: 15:23:16, Altitude: 516m, Address: 77, 06544 Plaveč, Slovakia

Plavec Castle rises on the right bank of the river Poprad, above the village Plaveč , in the northeast of Slovakia . The small stone castle had already been built in 1294 to defend the route to Poland . Plavec Castle was an important border castle, and thus it became a royal property. Later, the king gave it to his followers the Drugeths. When the Drugeths died, the castle became the property of the Bebek family. In 1449 it was conquered by the Hussite armies. The next owner of Plavec Castle - Imrich Zápoľský expelled the Hussites. In 1505, Zápoľský's widow gave the castle to the Horváth family. This family derived their new name from the local community, and became the Horváth-Plaveč family. In the 16th century, this family adapted the castle in Renaissance style. In the 17th century, their offspring rebuilt the castle into a comfortable mansion. Unfortunately, the large windows did not survive the unfavourable weather, therefore the owners had to leave the castle. In 1856, Plavec Castle burned down, and a year later the Horváth-Plaveč family died out. Since then the castle has dilapidated, and only its ruins survived into these days.

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GPS: 49.2553, 20.8475
Altitude: 516 m
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