Krupina – Vartovka Watchtower


The watchtower was built in 1564 – 1571 to protect the city of Krupina and Banská Štiavnica against Turkish invasions. It belonged to the signaling and defense system of central Slovakia. The remaining towers were located, among others, in the Čabraď castle, the Sitno castle, near Banská Štiavnica, Zvolen, Banská Bystrica, and the village of Ľubietová. In later times it also informed about the movements of the insurgent and imperial troops. In 1663, the tower was captured by the Turks, but already in 1685 it was recaptured by the army of Charles Alexander of Lorraine. It was used until the beginning of the 18th century, then it was abandoned. In the 1960s, it was renewed.


The tower is 13 meters high and stands on a hill overlooking Krupina. The observation was facilitated by a timber porch running around its top floor. The entrance to the tower was located in the upper part and was originally accessible by a wooden ladder. Among the few watchtowers from this epoch, located in Slovakia, it is the only one that has survived in its original state.

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Wasielewski A., Zamki i zamczyska Słowacji, Białystok 2008.