Bodoň – Castle Makovica


   The castle was probably built around the middle of the 13th century by Budun from Ploskéh, from which it received one of his names (Bodonwar, Bodoň). In 1285, during the Tartar invasion of the surrounding lands, it was a shelter for the local population and the owners, perhaps it was then damaged. In 1298 the invasion of the castle was made by members of the noble Abovcov family. It is uncertain whether it was rebuilt after this event and whether it was still used later.


   The castle was erected on a rocky ridge, inaccessible from the north and west. The eastern and southern parts were protected by a wide, 8-12 meters long ditch carved into a rock base. The top of the rock had an almost square plan with dimensions of 55 x 48 meters and formed a residential and economic part of the castle. It was protected by perimeter walls running along the edge of the rock. In the highest part of the platform, near the north-east corner, a round, stone tower of local ryolite was created. It had an internal diameter of 3.6 meters and an external diameter of 7.6 to 8 meters and wall thickness of about 2 meters. Its edges touched with the perimeter wall. Probably within the walls there were no other stone buildings, only timber houses. Due to the extensive courtyard, there was no need to form the outer bailey, because all the outbuildings needed for the functioning of the castle could be located within the main perimeter.

Current state

   The castle has not survived to the present day, only modest relics are visible on the rock mass hidden in the forest. Admission to this wooded area is free.

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