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The ruins of the Čachtice Castle in western Slovakia. 
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The ruins of the Čachtice Castle in western Slovakia.

"The Čachtice Castle (Čachtický hrad) is a castle ruin in Slovakia next to the village of Čachtice. It stands on a hill featuring rare plants, and has been declared a national nature reserve for this reason. The castle was a residence and later the prison of the Countess Alžbeta Báthory (Elizabeth Báthory, 1560-1614), who is alleged to have been the world's most prolific female serial killer.
Čachtice was built in the mid-13th century by Kazimir as a sentry on the road to Moravia. Later, it belonged to Matúš Csák, the Stibor family, and then to the famous Bloody Lady Elizabeth Báthory. Čachtice, its surrounding lands and villages, was a wedding gift from the Nádasdy family upon Elizabeth's marriage to Ferenc Nádasdy in 1575.
Originally, Čachtice was a Romanesque castle with an interesting horseshoe shaped residence tower. It was turned to a Gothic castle later and its size was increased in the 15th and 16th centuries. A Renaissance renovation followed in the 17th century. Finally, in 1708 the castle was captured and plundered by the rebels of Ferenc II Rákoci. It has been in decay since." (Text from Wikipedia).
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A miniature park in Podolie, Western Slovakia, comprising a few dozens of 1:25 and 1:50 models of Slovak castles and churches. 
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A miniature park in Podolie, Western Slovakia, comprising a few dozens of 1:25 and 1:50 models of Slovak castles and churches.
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The Miniature Park in Podolie
Inside the ruins of a 13th-century castle in Lednica, Western Slovakia. 
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Inside the ruins of a 13th-century castle in Lednica, Western Slovakia.

A tall metal ladder leads up to the ridge where you can follow steep stairs cut into the rock and reach the castle lookout with a magnificent view of the valleys below. Caution highly recommended, there have been some fatal accidents here.
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Lednický hrad
Inside the ruins of a 13th-century castle in Lednica, Western Slovakia: eighty stairs cut into the rock lead to the lookout point. 
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Inside the ruins of a 13th-century castle in Lednica, Western Slovakia: eighty stairs cut into the rock lead to the lookout point.
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On the lookout point of the ruined 13th-century castle in Lednica, Western Slovakia. 
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On the lookout point of the ruined 13th-century castle in Lednica, Western Slovakia.
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