Rákoš – castle

History

The castle, originally known as Kovi, was built around the second half of the 13th century, when in 1243 king Bela IV donated deserted areas of central Gemer to Dytrych from the Ákošovce family (later Bebeks). It was probably destroyed in the 14th century, for reasons unknown today, and after the reconstruction, the name Rákoš was used more often. The castle functioned until the second half of the fifteenth century or the beginning of the sixteenth century, when it was abandoned.

Architecture

The castle occupied the highest part of the hill, protected by steep slopes. The defensive wall was led along the edges of the flattening of the top, and from the north, where access was the easiest, a moat was carved into the rock. The main residential building on the plan of an irregular quadrangle was located in the northern, highest part of the courtyard. It had dimensions of 13 by 15 meters and a wall thickness of up to 2 meters. On its southern side, a short wall cut off a small courtyard, which can be considered as the upper ward. On the south side a four-sided tower was erected, and next to the western curtain of the wall, another smaller turret was probably added. The southern tower measuring 7 x 7.5 meters flanked the entrance to the castle, located in the south – west corner. The demand for water was met by a cistern carved into the rock of the castle’s courtyard. Timber economic buildings were probably located in the eastern part of the castle.

Current state

To this day, the remains of the main residential building, part of the perimeter walls and traces of the southern tower have been preserved.

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bibliography:
Bóna M., Plaček M., Encyklopedie slovenských hradů, Praha 2007.
Wasielewski A., Zamki i zamczyska Słowacji, Białystok 2008.