Trenčín Castle (or Trencséni vár) as seen from the town below (Slovakia).
History of the castle goes back to the age of the Roman Empire. The oldest building is a stone rotunda, probably founded in the Great Moravian period. In the midst of 13th century the castle was the seat of the baron Jakab Cseszneky, who was Hungarian king Béla IV’s swordbearer. Later in the 13-14th century, the castle became the residence of Matthew Csák, a prominent Hungarian nobleman, Lord of the river Váh and the Tatra Mountains. The castle is protected as a National Cultural Monument.