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Facts About Hrad Devin
The site has been settled since the Neolithic Age and fortified since the Bronze and Iron Age and later by Celts and Romans.
Devín Castle is a castle in Devín, which is a borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
Devín Castle is one of the oldest castles in Slovakia. The castle was likely first mentioned in written sources in 864
The name of the castle is probably derived from the old Indo-European/Proto-Slavic stem deiv- with apophony doiv- related to light and visual perception.
In May 2018, the museum opened the upper part of Devín Castle to the public with a new exposition in cave spaces entitled “Devín Castle in the 13th – 20th Century”.
The castle stands just inside Slovak territory on the frontier between Slovakia and Austria. The border runs from west to east along the Morava River and subsequently the Danube.
The most photographed part of the castle is the tiny watchtower, known as the Maiden Tower.
In 1635 the castle was inherited by Pavol Pálffy, but in this period the castle mostly served only as an administrative and economic centre.
Devín has become an important national symbol for the Slovaks. It featured both on the reverse of the former 500 Czechoslovak koruna banknote and the 50 Halierov coins of the Slovak currency.
Geographic Coordinates: 48°10′25″N 16°58′42″E