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Orava is recognized as one of the more beautiful castles in Slovakia. As castles go it is not in the same league as residential castles like Bojnice, in the sense that it is not as luxuriously decorated. That shouldn't deter you from going, its a beautiful castle. Inside you can appreciate the different stages of life this castle has gone through, as well as the multitude of changes of ownership.
Like most of the major castles in Slovakia you will find plenty to do if you are there at the right time of year. You can find demonstrations of falconry, music of the period, and lots of historical presentations.
The castle is an imposing sight, carved into the rock it has been around since the Tatar Invasion of 1241. Gradually, it went from being a wooden fortress to stone foundations. By 1370 Orava Castle was the seat of power in the entire Orava region.
More than anything else this castle was essential because of its location, on a river and near the traditional border with Poland. Therefore, the chief function of this castle was defense, to protect the trade routes, to protect the local populace from invasion and to safeguard the borderlands.
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