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Stará Ľubovňa (German: Altlublau; Hungarian: Ólubló; Latin: Lublovia; Polish: Stara Lubowla) is a town with approximately 16,000 inhabitants in northeastern Slovakia. The town consists of the districts Podsadek and Stará Ľubovňa.
On a calcite rock, a stone castle of Stará Ľubovňa dominates in the surroundings of the town Stará Ľubovňa. It was built at the beginning of the 14th century. The first written reference about the castle was from the year 1311, where it was mentioned as one of the royal residences. The tower and the gothic palace are the oldest parts of the castle. After 1412, the castle became the seat of polish mayors of pawned towns from the Spiš region. This era enabled its further development. The castle completely burnt down in 1553. During reconstruction a new palace was built in the Renaissance style instead. In 1642 a baroque palace and in 1647 a chapel were built, too.
Polish crown jewels were hidden at the castle from the Swedish troops between 1655–1661. In 1772, after the polish deposit of the Spiš towns expired and the towns were returned, the castle started to decline

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