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It reminds me crusader castles in Middle East.

SPIS CASTLE (Spissky hrad - in slovak)

It is a dominant feature of the Spis region in east of Slovakia. It is beautifully placed in the countryside on travertine rock. By the 12th century, it had been remarked on as a regional castle. The main body of the castle was fortified by stone outer walls in the first half of the 13th century, enabling the castle to resist Tartar raids in 1241. A Romanesque palace and a dwelling tower were built in the castle at this time. The provost's palace and the now non-existent Romanesque chapel were added after the middle of the 13th century. The castle was extended by the addition of a central courtyard with entry gate and barbican in the 14th century. The extensive lower courtyard was built in the middle of the 15th century. During a fire in 1780, the castle suffered extensive damage and was not rebuilt afterwards.

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