Bytca Castle

Bytča, Slovakia

Bytča Castle was originally built as a water castle by Pongrác Szentmiklósi in the 13th century and rebuilt between 1571 and 1574 in Renaissance style by Ferenc Thurzó. The Italian architect Ján Kilian of Milan was invited to oversee the construction. George Thurzo continued his father’s activities and due to him the Wedding Palace was built in 1601, which was meant to serve for the weddings of his six daughters. From more decorative details it can be concluded that the palace is the work of Italian masters who lived in Bytča. The building is embellished by rich sgraffito figural and floral ornaments around the stone windows and portal. Inside the one-story, rectangular building is a particularly interesting foyer on the ground floor and a large Wedding hall on the first floor, which was for a longtime the largest of its kind in Slovakia.

There were two pharmacies, a school, a typing office, a library and an assembly room in the castle. In the eastern part of the castle there was the so-called big hall, intended for assemblies during the reign of George Thurzo. In the northern part there was a castle treasury, which was later turned into a chapel by the Esterházy family. After the Thurzo family had died out at the beginning of the 17th century, the castle was acquired by the Esterházy family, who converted it into a farm building. In 1862, the property was bought by the Popper family of merchants, who transformed the castle into flats and the Wedding Palace into a district court. Ján Ujváry, also called Ficko, Elizabeth Báthory’s helper was also imprisoned in Bytča castle. At the beginning of the 18th century, the legendary Slovak outlaw Juraj Jánošík served as a prison officer in the castle. He helped the imprisoned Tomáš Uhorčík escape and they created a forest robber group. This is why this national heroes’s legend might have started in Bytča. Today the castle houses the State District Archive, the Wedding Palace belongs to Považské Museum in Žilina. Today the Wedding Palace is after the reconstruction and is open.

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Zámocká 2, Bytča, Slovakia
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Founded: 1571-1574
Category: Castles and fortifications in Slovakia

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Haim Mizrahi (13 months ago)
The wedding hall of the seven daughters of the rich Mr. Popper, is very beautiful from the outside, but does not justify paying the entrance fee. There is also a handsome castle in a well-kept complex. Adjacent to the complex, there is an ancient and impressive synagogue from the 19th century, which was also built by Mr. Popper. The building is fenced and crumbling and awaiting renovation.
Dave Harper (2 years ago)
sadly the interior was closed for renovation in the time of our visit which was nowhere stated not on Google maps nor on the city web site. from outside it looks nice I believe inside it is even better. next time
Tommaso Sabbatini Sabbatini (2 years ago)
Very interesting Building and perfect Italiano restaurant
Dano Misurda (2 years ago)
it was closed, no information online that it's not open in march
Monika Kuźniewska (4 years ago)
Very nice, but its closed sundays
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