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Tamas D.Varga

Holloko Castle

Holloko WH site, Nograd county, Hungary

09:50 CET (Central European Time)

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Holloko is located in a picturesque hilly surrounding, hardly a 100 km away from Budapest. It is a "living museum" village on the northern part of Hungary. It has preserved the warm, people-friendly atmosphere of the diminishing village-life of the accelerated XXI century.

The "Old-village" along with the 141 hectare Nature Reserve around it were added to the Cultural and Natural Heritages of the World in 1987 for preserving unique values of folk art and applied art.

The traditional peasant houses, surrounded by the gentle slopes of the Cserhat recalls the world of the old Hungarian folk tales. Here you can find a wonderful example of the harmony can be created between nature and architecture.

The castle on top of the neighboring hill determined the life of the villagers for a long time. The Kacsics family built the pentagonal tower in the middle of the XIII c. which was continuously rebuilt and enlarged. Today a legend is connected to the name of the Kacsics family. Apparently a member of the family, Andras (Andrew) kidnapped the daughter of the neighbor nobleman and had her closed into a room of the castle. The nanny of the girl who was a witch called for the evils to help. They turned into ravens and carried the stones of the castle away. That is where the name of Holloko (Ravenstone) might derive from. The panorama of the Cserhat is breathtaking from the nicely renewed castle.

Equipment

Canon DRebel, Canon 15mm, Manfortto pano head, PanaVue
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