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Hornacko Region


During the past centuries, this region at the foothills of the Carpathians was exposed to many devastating raids from various invaders and warring parties. They usually arrived here through Upper Hungary, the current day Slovakia, lying beyond the hills to the east. The White Carpathian mountain passes witnessed great numbers of Turks, Crimean Tatars (from the Ottoman Empire in the east), and Hungarian troops storming through to plunder the villages, destroy the harvests, and drag the local people away into captivity.

Hungarian rebel

The threat was so strong, that even the fortified towns in this area did not feel safe against the raiders; it was necessary to continually work on improving fortifications and the border guard system in general. Close to the mountain passes, small forts and signalling points were built. At the first signs of an enemy attack, the guard on duty would light up fires strategically located on elevated places visible from great distances. The light signal was then picked up by other guard points and passed on until it reached the larger fortified towns. This gave the defenders some time to prepare for the enemy attack. STRAZNA HURKA (a “guard point”) above the village of Velka is believed to have been an important signalling point in this area.

These days it houses a folklore festival amphitheatre.

GPS position

N 48° 52.520', E 17° 31.296'



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