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|The photo shows the view from River Danube to Bratislava Castle. |
Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
The massive rectangular castle building with four corner towers stands on a quite isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathian mountains directly above the Danube River in the middle of the city.
It provides an excellent view of Bratislava, eastern parts of Austria and, when there is good visibility, parts of north-western of Hungary.
The castle building includes 4 towers (one on each corner) and a courtyard with an 80 m deep water well. The biggest tower is the Crown Tower in the south-east from the 13th century, which housed the crown jewels. The outside walls and inside corridors contain fragments of old Gothic and Renaissance construction elements.
The castle, and Bratislava itself, has been inhabited for thousands of years, because it is strategically located in the center of Europe at a passage between the Carpathians and the Alps, at a very important shallow water place used to cross the Danube river, and at an important crossing of central European ancient trade routes running from the Balkans and the Adriatic Sea to the Rhine river and the Baltic Sea, the most important route being the Amber Route (The ancient trade route for the transfer of amber from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean Sea).
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