Slovakia is rich in beautiful nature and its history. Our national culture is unique, and we must preserve it for future generations. GD-TEAM is one of the organisations that try to protect and support Slovak national history. By supporting the project of our colleague, we focus on saving the national cultural monument, Biely Kameň Castle in Svätý Jur. The ruins are in a state of disrepair, collapsing and overgrown by a forest.
Numerous visitors to the popular excursion spot are threatened by stones falling out of the castle walls. If our generation does not stop the destruction of the romantic ruins, future generations of Slovaks will have a pile of stones instead of a Gothic castle. Despite working in very difficult conditions, with no access road, no electricity, no source of water, and with a minimum of funds from the state, the volunteers in Biely Kameň managed to statically secure the landmark – the castle tower. Now they continue and repair the walls and the upper palace.
Preservation of Biely Kameň
The project to save the Biely Kameň Castle is unique in the sense that no one has been able to do so much for the preservation of the castle for the last 300 years as the civic association OZ Castrum Sancti Georgii has done in less than 2 years since its foundation. Saving the monument is a project for many years. In addition to repairing the walls, the civic association’s volunteers have built an access path, stairs, and wooden benches for tourists. People of all ages are helping them to do this. The youngest volunteer is 15 years old and the oldest is 67 years old. Last year they organised 75 jobs and worked nearly 4,500 volunteer hours. However, without funding, with just bare hands, the large monument cannot be repaired. A huge number of visitors from all over Slovakia and abroad, contemporaries, and future generations, benefit from their activities.