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Likavka Castle is located on close to the main road between Ruzomberok and Dolny Kubin about 2 kilometers North of Ruzomberok. It is clearly visible from the road and it appears to be really huge. A paved road leads to it, however you arenít allowed to drive it as the sign at the start of the road forbids the car entry. Anyway don't try to go there for few years as the castle is being restored and it is closed to the public. I got in after a long talk with the foreman of the company, identifying myself as a reporter. When I told them through the closed iron gate that I am from Canada, they all started laughing at me saying that I must be crazy, and what I am doing here, that if they were in Canada, they would never ever come here. Well I guess I must be crazy, since they werenít the first ones telling me that, but I love it in Slovakia, my birthplace.

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Likavka is a Royal Castle built in the mid-14th century. It was property of the Hunyadi family in the second half of the 15th century. After destruction of Liptovsky Castle, Likavka became region castle of Liptov zupa (County). After 1670 when taken by the Imperial Army, Likavka Castle was used as a prison until 1707, the year of its demolition by orders of Francis Rakoczi II. A Slav settlement from the Post-Great Moravian times is located South of the castle.

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Published in the Slovak Heritage Live newsletter Volume 5, No. 4, Winter 1997
Copyright © Vladimir Linder 1997
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