Nitra castle was built in the 11th century on the place of an earlier fort. The core of the castle is St. Emmeram's Cathedral with the Bishop's residence, with several different parts. The oldest surviving part is the Romanesque Church of St. Emmeram from the 11th century. The other two parts of the cathedral are the originally Gothic Upper Church from the 14th century, and the Lower Church from the 17th century. Vazil´s Tower is another remaining part of the medieval fortification. According to a legend, Vazil, king Stephen´s nephew, was imprisoned in a dungeon supposed to be in the Tower´s underground.

The originally Gothic Bishop's Palace got its present Late Baroque appearance in the 18th century. There are also surviving parts of the castle fortifications, the majority of which were created in the 16th and 17th centuries and smaller part from the Middle Ages. The church is currently being remodeled.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovakia

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Jozef Moravcik (7 months ago)
Very nice place, if you visit Nitra, plan visit this place as well!
Mina Samir (8 months ago)
Ticket price is just 1 € , there's toilet inside, and good view around , but nothing special inside to see , honestly, worthless to visit.
Venia I (12 months ago)
If you’re on a weekend city break to Bratislava, it is definitely worth to quickly visit Nitra as well. It’s a quaint, cute little town with lots of cafes and bookstores
Carlo M. Bajetta (2 years ago)
Well worth a visit. You can have a nice walk in the gardens in the summer. The nicest route is going all the way up on foot from the city centre, but there is also a (rather steep) path which starts near the Hockey / football stadium, where you can find many parking slots.
Albert Ventura (2 years ago)
Nice views of the skyline of the city of Nitra, plenty of history... and a very good guy at the entrance. Thanks!!!
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