The raging fire that destroyed the roofs and palace of Krasna Horka Castle on election day (10 March) produced damages estimated provisionally at around EUR 8 million, but these should be covered by the state’s insurance policy for the protection of national monuments.
The main insurer Generali Slovensko is co-operating closely with the Ministry of Culture to sort out the claim, and will even provide an advance payment if necessary. The fire destroyed mostly the roofs and beams of the castle, especially the Gothic palace wing, but thankfully left most of the interiors and over 90% of the exhibits in tact. These have since been relocated to make way for reconstruction work.
The indemnity limit on the policy is EUR 11.6 million, so there should be ample to cover the repair and reconstruction of the destroyed castle, but at a press conference yesterday both culture minister Daniel Krajcer and head of claims in Generali Slovenkso Jozef Tanzer refused to specify what part of the damages would be covered by the insurance policy until such times as the exact damages are calculated.