Trencin, now in the Slovak Republic, was founded about a millennium ago as a Roman military outpost. A Roman Catholic church remains as evidence of the city's roots, and an Old Town part of the city is startlingly well-preserved. Close your eyes, think hard enough, and you can hear the chariots rolling through the streets.
Several castles in the region, also called Trencin, date back as far as 900 years. The one in town, with its relatively recent tower addition, rises far into the skyline.