piatok, 17. augusta 2012

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.





viera7 wrote on Feb 11
op7ne1 said
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...
you are always welcome.

I hope your wish will come true...

Thanks for visiting.

The pleasure is mine...

op7ne1 wrote on Feb 11
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...

viera7 wrote on Oct 21, '11
firefysh said
I love folk tales and legends.
Thanks, Viera. :-)
Me too...That is the best what we've inherited...

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

viera7 wrote on Oct 21, '11
I only dream of such travels. *smile*
Dear Terry you have to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true...
Thanks for visiting...

firefysh wrote on Oct 10, '11
I love folk tales and legends.
Thanks, Viera. :-)

bendmeover wrote on Oct 10, '11
I only dream of such travels. *smile*

viera7 wrote on Oct 9, '11
You visit the most beautiful and facinating places. Incredible visuals.
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...:-)

viera7 wrote on Oct 9, '11
graham48 said
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
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...

bendmeover wrote on Oct 9, '11
You visit the most beautiful and facinating places. Incredible visuals.

graham48 wrote on Oct 9, '11
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

viera7 wrote on Oct 8, '11
you're always welcome dear Ivonne...

solmar wrote on Oct 8, '11
its a pleasure for me to come here.
hugs.ivonne

viera7 wrote on Oct 8, '11, edited on Oct 8, '11
solmar said
Nice story, mainly if we are looking at the castle ruins.
Thanks dear good post!
hugs.ivonne
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

solmar wrote on Oct 8, '11
Nice story, mainly if we are looking at the castle ruins.
Thanks dear good post!
hugs.ivonne

viera7 wrote on Oct 8, '11
mcmurfy1 said
Very interesting Viera! Thanks for the great photo too!
The pleasure is mine, Danny...I hope do you have a great weekend...

viera7 wrote on Oct 8, '11
it is beautiful..tyu,,!
It is my pleasure dear Caroline...Thanks for stopping by...

viera7 wrote on Oct 8, '11
vibeke70 said
Wow...a really sad and interesting story. Thank you so much for sharing :)) hugs
Thank you dear Vibeke for visiting...I'm very glad you like the legend...

mcmurfy1 wrote on Oct 8, '11
Very interesting Viera! Thanks for the great photo too!

pixielittlemagic wrote on Oct 8, '11
it is beautiful..tyu,,!

vibeke70 wrote on Oct 8, '11
Wow...a really sad and interesting story. Thank you so much for sharing :)) hugs

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