Biely Kamen Castle Ruins

Svätý Jur, Slovakia

Above Svätý Jur there are the ruins of the Biely Kameň Castle, which was probably built in the 13th century. It was the seat of the estate of Svätý Jur until the beginning of the 17th century. The Ottoman troops destroyed it in the 1663 and it was never restored. Some parts of walls, window openings, etc. of the castle survive.

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Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in Slovakia

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Martin Višňanský (14 days ago)
Although not too much to see, however, easy access ruine of long time history. Once you want to complet the journey on "rocky castles and ruines", apart from Red Rock (Cerveny Kamen), Blue Rock (Modry Kamen) the White One (Biely Kamen) is small, but still worth to try.
Pavel Novak (4 months ago)
Amazing ruin and sorroundings as well as people who try to save this castle for future! ???
Pavel Novak (4 months ago)
Cool ?
Pekka Koni (5 months ago)
Best view ever. u can grill there. i would recommend it
&Tilly (14 months ago)
A ruin with man made routes to explore and see the views. We camped here, enjoyed the large campfire place (there are also multiple smaller and another large lower as well). Great hiking stop and a clean and interesting point of Slavic history to enjoy. Reminding if Pajštún. Easily accessible ONLY when you arrive from the right direction (we came from behind and climbed it ?). Most of the surroundings are ex-dams and holes, it’s not a castle/fort on a hill, as it usually is. So maybe not the best place for families with small children, as even the roads inside are often rather high up.
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