sobota, 8. októbra 2011

OLD CASTLE


CASTLE DEVÍN

ONE of the oldest castles in Slovakia,
Deví­n, sits on a huge rock
overlooking where the 
river Morava meets the Danube.
The name Deví­n probably
derives from Dowina,
which in Old Slavic meant girl.



 
One of the castle's legends, originating in the feudal period,
has it that the lady of the castle had beautiful twin girls. On her deathbed, she gave each of them an apple, saying that the apples represented their lives. After their mother's death the sisters exchanged the apples, so that each was responsible for the life of the other. The sisters lived in harmony until the day when a handsome hunter came to the castle. He fell in love with the beautiful lady of the castle, not knowing that there were actually two of them - and that he was dating both twins.

 
The twins did not know that they had fallen for the same man either. Then one evening, the three of them met by accident and discovered the truth. One of the sisters, in a furious rage, smashed the apple protecting the life of the other sister on the ground. By doing that, she killed her twin. A beautiful apple tree grew on the spot where the apple fell. The jealous sister turned into a black goat, which, according to locals, can still be seen jumping on the castle rock today.

 




20 komentárov:

  1. Wow...a really sad and interesting story. Thank you so much for sharing :)) hugs

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  2. Very interesting Viera! Thanks for the great photo too!

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  3. Thank you dear Vibeke for visiting...I'm very glad you like the legend...

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  4. It is my pleasure dear Caroline...Thanks for stopping by...

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  5. The pleasure is mine, Danny...I hope do you have a great weekend...

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  6. Nice story, mainly if we are looking at the castle ruins.
    Thanks dear good post!
    hugs.ivonne

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  7. Unfortunately,the castle was destroyed in 1809,
    after the Siege of Pressburg (Bratislava),
    by the retreating forces of Napoleon I of France...
    I appreciate your visit very much dear Ivonne...
    Hugs

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  8. its a pleasure for me to come here.
    hugs.ivonne

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  9. you're always welcome dear Ivonne...

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  10. A very interesting story Viera and a lovely photo. I must look at this castle if I get to Bratislava. Hugs and smiles, Graham x

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  11. You visit the most beautiful and facinating places. Incredible visuals.

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  12. I always admire your great comment Graham...Thank you for visiting...If you once get to Bratislava, I'll show you the tree...:-)

    Have a nice evening...

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  13. You are most welcome Terry...Your visit here makes me very happy...
    I'm glad you like my photos...
    I have so many places in my list...:-)

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  14. I only dream of such travels. *smile*

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  15. I love folk tales and legends.
    Thanks, Viera. :-)

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  16. Dear Terry you have to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true...
    Thanks for visiting...

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  17. Me too...That is the best what we've inherited...

    Have a beautiful weekend Graham...
    Nice to see you here...

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  18. A sad tale, but great pictures!
    I would really like to visit Europe again, some day...but to be honest I am unsure...thanks for sharing with us pictures of your homeland...

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  19. you are always welcome.

    I hope your wish will come true...

    Thanks for visiting.

    The pleasure is mine...

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