10. 03. 2017 13:48
It has been exactly five years since a large fire damaged the national cultural monument of Krásna Hôrka castle. On March 10th, 2012, two boys wanted to light a cigarette but ended up setting on fire the dry grass around the castle hill. It took 84 firemen, over 47 policemen and an Interior Ministry helicopter to fight the fire, lasting almost 8 hours. At that time, there were almost 4,230 items located in the castle collections. Over 350 were either destroyed or disappeared.
The official reconstruction of the buildings damaged by the fire started in October 2012. However, it is still not finished. Locals complain about the loss of tourists which have been damaging their businesses. As some of the local entrepreneurs said to public broadcaster RTVS, the loss in their incomes reaches 50% when compared to the situation before the fire. The state has finished two stages of the reconstruction: the first one to rescue the collections and the second one to dismantle the damaged roof structure. The third phase is under preparation.
The money for the reconstruction comes from insurance as well as from public fundraising. For example, 1,000 euros was sent by the Krásna Hôrka folk ensemble established in Japan by Japanese people interested in the Slovak folk tradition. The Slovak government included financing for the reconstruction of this castle in its manifesto. So far, more than 4,5 million euros from the insurance and more than 16,000 euros from public fundraising have been used.