THE EVE OF BATTLE: LEVICE CASTLE

At the Levice Castle there lived a young lord. The lord was very bold and hot-headed and he was not afraid of anybody or anything, neither the Turkish Pasha who was quickly approaching Levice. The Pasha sent a message with an ultimatum – he wanted to have the castle without fighting. The lord tore the letter with disdain and told a Pasha’s bearer that he will warmly welcome the Pasha. He relied on a castle’s fortification, swamps around the castle and on courage of his soldiers. When soldiers fell asleep, the Turks climbed the walls and attacked them. The soldiers were trying to protect the city as bravely as they could: they poured boiling oil and water on the Turks and threw stones over the walls. But there was no chance to win the battle with just few hundreds of soldiers against a big Turkish army. At the end, the Turks captured the castle. The Pasha called for a mayor and told him to bring fifty most beautiful girls with fifty roasted geese because Levice was well-known for it. The girls took with them white living geese instead of the roasted ones and hid daggers under their skirts for their protection. The girls released the geese from their baskets in the courtyard. The geese started to run and gaggle. Screaming, laughing and gaggling attracted all the Turks and also the Pasha himself. After a while they killed all Turks at the courtyard. The young captain killed the Pasha and spiked his head on a spear. When the rest of the Turkish army came to the courtyard and saw the Pasha’s head on the spear, they panicked and ran away.

The Levice Castle was built in the 13th century on andesite rock, the remnants of Neogenic volcanic activity, which extended to the Štiavnica hills, bounded by  the marshy meadow of the river Hron, with its several river branches, occupied 150 yearlong by Turks, but listed among the 15 most important defence forts.

How to get there?

- by car using D1/R1 highways and E517/58/routes to Levice approximately 1,5 hours’ drive from Bratislava

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