Havránok – open air museum

History

The Havránok hillfort was an important religious, economic and political center of the Púchov culture, dated from 300 to 180 BC, in which the dominant Celtic element mingled with older people from the Lusatian culture. The Celts belonged to the Gotini tribe. The prosperous oppidum was destroyed, along with other Celtic settlements in Slovakia, at the beginning of our era, by the Germanic tribe of Quads or by Dacians. The medieval timber castle existed near the remains of an ancient fort from the 11th to the 15th century.

Architecture

A timber, pagan temple was built around an extremely tall wooden column, probably a totem or statue. In addition to the sanctuary, the reconstructed buildings include a fortified gate with a stone wall, a house, ceramic stoves and huts from different periods.

Current state

All objects visible in the village are the result of reconstruction preceded by archaeological researches. During the summer season, cultural events are organized in the village, such as fencing duels, Celtic religious rituals and craft shows. The open-air museum is open from June to August: 8:30 – 18:30, in May, September and October: 9:00 – 17:00.

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