When we travel back home, we always plan at least one family trip with my cousins. We spend some time together and choose the right location as we all want to visit something new.

Castle Jasenov is not that far away from our hometown but nobody from our family has visited it before so the choice was made. We packed our stuff, got in the cars and started our adventure.

It took us around 30 minutes to get to the parking place under the castle. From the parking place we had to hike another 30 minutes up the hill. The trail is not long but very steep and I was short of breath by the time we reached the castle.

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First we sat down and relaxed for a few minutes before walking around the castle as I was not the only who was short of breath 😊

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We enjoyed some nice views of the surroundings hills. I love my region.

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The hills in the back are already in Poland (left) and Ukraine (right).

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Now it's the time to go inside of the castle..

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Castle Jasenov

The ruins of the castle Jasenov are located deep in the forest in Humenské vrchy. It was built in the 13th century after the invasion of the Tatars. It is not sure who commissioned the construction of the castle, but it is assumed that it was nobleman Peter, after the acquisition of surrounding property by King Ladislav IV. in 1284.

The first mention of the castle Jasenov dates back to 1328 where it is mentioned as castrum Jezenew.

It is known for false coins that were made there in the 16th century. Master Mikuláš, who was responsible for the castle workshop, was imprisoned and later beheaded on the square of Prešov.

The castle was occupied and heavily damaged in the 17th century. It was in decay from 1644.

Nowadays, there is an ongoing reconstruction of the 'new' upper castle. There are around 30 people working on site every day for almost 6 years. Just imagine that they have to go up and down the hill everyday!

The reconstruction is very slow, but the progress is visible. The workers have to clean all those small stones and then rebuild the walls.

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They still have many years of work ahead (probably around 10 years) but once it's finished it's going to be amazing. They even plan to put a roof and install windows!

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Let's walk around!

There is a protective wall around the castle. The wall is not going to be renovated as it's a part of the old castle.

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You can enter the castle at your own risk. The stones are not stabilized and could fall. It was however the best playground for Maxo - the more dangerous, the better 😊

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Sneak peek through the window..

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And some views from around the castle..

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I almost fell off the wall when I was taking this photo. The wind was very strong that day and pushed me too hard. Luckily my cousin was nearby and caught me right before falling. Then he said it was enough and we went back down.

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Another view through the window...

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And this is how the renovated gate looks like. It looks quite authentic...

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This is Maxo's look when my husband has a cookie in his hand and he can't wait to munch on it 😊

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After our tour we all gathered at my grandma's place and enjoyed a cup of coffee together.

I hope you enjoyed our day!

Thank you for sharing!

Cheers,
Martina