The Erdödy Castle is the oldest building in Jastrebarsko. The castle is located in a beautiful old park that is actually a monument of horticulture. It was originally a water castle, a lowland fort surrounded by moats that are now filled and covered with grass, but still visible in the outlines of the landscape. According to records, the castle was built by Matija Gereb between 1483 and 1489. The Erdödy family came into possession of the Jastrebarsko land, which included the castle, in the first half of the 16th century and remained in possession until 1922.
The castle building has a rectangle shape and it is located on a knoll surrounded by moats, as a lowland fort. The wings of the building have different heights, and the highest of them is closed by the two remaining towers. The internal courtyard contains arches and baroque columns. The old castle was built by Ban Matija Gereb in the late 15th century. Early in the 16th century, the castle fell to the possession of the Erdödy family, under which it remained until 1922. In time, the castle saw several reconstructions, and the rectangle castle reinforced by two round towers was one of the keeps during Ottoman invasions. The plate left of the entrance was added in 1592 by Ban Toma Erdödy. Stjepan Erdödy, who loved nature and hunting, founded a natural museum in the castle. It was then bought by businessman Ehrman. In 1936, after the businessman’s bankruptcy, the estate was bought by the municipality for a children’s home. It also held the Regional Museum for a while.
Today, the castle is in very poor condition and the interior is not open for visitors. It is, however, to be completely renovated soon so it would once again shine in all its glory. Until then, you can only visit the exterior while strolling on the beautiful grounds of the Erdödy Castle.
The Jastrebarsko Town Museum holds an interesting collection with items related to the castle and history of the Erdödy family. It also includes a small collection of photographs, hunting items and trophies won by Count Stjepan Erdödy, who was a passionate hunter and a photography pioneer in the region.References:
Dating from the 15th century, Kisimul is the only significant surviving medieval castle in the Outer Hebrides. It was the residence of the chief of the Macneils of Barra, who claimed descent from the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages. Tradition tells of the Macneils settling in Barra in the 11th century, but it was only in 1427 that Gilleonan Macneil comes on record as the first lord. He probably built the castle that dominates the rocky islet, and in its shadow a crew house for his personal galley and crew. The sea coursed through Macneil veins, and a descendant, Ruari ‘the Turbulent’, was arrested for piracy of an English ship during King James VI’s reign in the later 16th century.
Heavy debts eventually forced the Macneil chiefs to sell Barra in 1838. However, a descendant, Robert Lister Macneil, the 45th Chief, repurchased the estate in 1937, and set about restoring his ancestral seat. It passed into Historic Scotland’s care in 2000.
The castle dates essentially from the 15th century. It takes the form of a three-storey tower house. This formed the residence of the clan chief. An associated curtain wall fringed the small rock on which the castle stood, and enclosed a small courtyard in which there are ancillary buildings. These comprised a feasting hall, a chapel, a tanist’s house and a watchman’s house. Most were restored in the 20th century, the tanist’s house serving as the family home of the Macneils. A well near the postern gate is fed with fresh water from an underground seam. Outside the curtain wall, beside the original landing-place, are the foundations of the crew house, where the sailors manning their chief’s galley had their quarters.