To Castles and Castle Ruins

The surroundings of Smolenice are not only rich in natural attractions but they also represent an area with a number of significant cultural and historical sights. The most significant proof of historical settlement of Smolenice is Molpír archaeological locality. It is situated at a hill above the Renaissance Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity of Virgin Mary, which is the best known sacral sight of Smolenice. Expositions of the excavations from Molpír fort hill can be seen in Molpír Museum in Smolenice. The trip to the Little Carpathians starts in the area of Smolenice Castle, which is among the most significant romantically adapted buildings in Slovakia. It is dominated by a monumental tower with a view terrace and its surroundings are dominated by a natural landscape English park. The route starts in Smolenice continuing to Trstín, where we turn left on the third-class road. It gradually ascends north-westwards in picturesque forests of the Little Carpathians up to Buková village. Its dominant element is the Church of the Visitation of Virgin Mary. Taking the south-westward direction from Buková, we get to Buková water reservoir, which is a favourite summer recreational locality. The marked yellow trail leads from the water reservoir south-eastwards to Breziny crossroads, which is the starting point to Ostrý Kameň ruins (the red trail access). The castle was built in the 13th century and it served as a royal border fortress to protect the Czech route. The remains of stone walls, bastions, agricultural buildings and Renaissance double corbels have been preserved until today. Turn right after getting to the second-class road from the water reservoir. The first village lying already in Záhorie area is Prievaly with its Church of St. Michael Archangel. The neighbouring Cerová, particularly its part Rozbehy, is one of the starting points of trips to the ruins of Korlátka Castle, which was built approximately in the half of the 13th century. The remains of external walls of the upper castle and a part of lower fortification have been preserved from individual castle structures. Secular sights of Cerová include the Renaissance-Baroque manor house from 1700. Another village of the route is Jablonica, taking pride in the originally Renaissance manor house from the beginning of the 17th century and the Roman Catholic Baroque Church of St. Stephen the King. Turn right in Jablonica and return back to Trstín and Smolenice through the Little Carpathians taking the first-class road.

 
 
 

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