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Let us take you on a walk in the Žilina region with the project titled “Templar Trails”. A region situated near the borders with two countries has always been predestined to make the roads cross and people of different nationalities meet. It is indeed very interesting that according to the traces studied by, among others, Miloš Jesenský with whom we cooperate, the Knights Templar may have set foot in our region. Experience with us the first Templar Expedition to Kysuce this summer. After that, we will continue in Turiec and Liptov, stop in the Upper Považie region and eventually welcome the winter in Orava. Besides meeting the Templars, you will be able to feel the atmosphere of a medieval fair and taste the food our ancestors used to eat. The new project will also bring new information including two books, several printed publications and a documentary video.
How did it all really happen? What traces have the Templars left in the Žilina region? Who were the knights with the red cross and how did they live? Let us take you on a fascinating journey into the past and discover these mysterious characters of the past. We will go back in time, to the years when the castles were newly built and when first towns were being established around this territory.

...get to know the places where you can meet the Knights Templar
Orava Castle

Orava Castle

The most beautiful and the most visited castle in Slovakia reigns over the region of Orava. It used to guard the trading route in Orava which might have been a part of the Via Magna road leading from the North to the South and passing through the territory of the Hungarian Monarchy. It belonged to the defensive system of castles in the northern…

read more » PhDr. Martin Chmelík
Orava Museum of P. O. Hviezdoslav in Dolný Kubín
Under the Likava Castle

Under the Likava Castle

Besides having the reputation of excellent warriors, the Templars are said to have been skilled constructors. It is said that they have built several castles and monasteries in Slovakia.

In Liptov, there is a hill still called “Mních” (Monk) on the top of which supposedly stood a monastery. Today, the Likava castle stands…

read more » PhDr. Karol Dzuriak
Liptov Museum in Ružomberok
Under the Blatnica Castle

Under the Blatnica Castle

All that has been left of the royal castle in Blatnica is a ruin. Legend has it that the owners and the constructors of the castle were the knights with the red cross. One of the tales speaks of a monk bricked up in the walls, with a lock on his mouth, as a punishment for having broken the seal of confession. The castle is first mentioned in a written…

read more » PhDr. Karol Dzuriak
Liptov Museum in Ružomberok
Strečno Castle

Strečno Castle

The reconstructed ruin of the castle stands on a steep hill overlooking the entrance into the Váh canyon between the basins of Žilina and Turiec. Thanks to its strategic position above the Váh valley, the castle had a guarding purpose. Built between the 13th and the 14th centuries, it reigns over the Považie region and is…

read more » Mgr. Michal Jurecký
Považie Museum in Žilina
The Manor House in Radoľa

The Manor House in Radoľa

Although the region of Kysuce has no castles, the Knights Templar will visit the oldest residential site in Kysuce – the Manor House in Radoľa. It remembers the times of the oldest church in Kysuce at Koscelisko which is today an archeological site. It was the first church in Kysuce, dating back to the second half of the 13th century.…

read more » Dr. Miloš Jesenský, PhD.
Kysucké múzeum v Čadci
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