Ancient Slovak castle’s new gateway to yet more mystery

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Exciting reports say that the mysterious missing main gate to Viniansky Castle has finally been found.

The castle ruin in eastern Slovakia originally dominated a hill overlooking the trade route into Poland. But nobody has been able to pinpoint the original fortified entrance…  until now.

Historic researcher Jaroslav Gorás is reported as saying: “When we started our research six years ago, we had no gateway, now we have two of them.”

The new gate is thought to date back to the thirteenth century, and is located in the oldest part of the small but important castle.

However archaeologists are still said to be puzzled because the second gate is actually only 100 feet away from it. It begs the question, why would ancient strategists have put the two entrances so close to each other?

“It was a big investment, moreover, every extra opening in a castle wall was harder to keep from enemies,” said Peter Bednár, of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

Viniansky Castle still stands imposingly north-west of the East-Slovakian village  Vinné and like other castles in the area, it served as sentry on the  Magna  Via old trade road  leading from the region of Potisie  in to Poland.

Sadly, the castle was destroyed during the Rebellion of Estates at the beginning of the 18th century.

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