Lietava Castle Ruins

Lietava, Slovakia

Lietava Castle was built after 1241, most likely as an administrative and military centre. In the early 14th century, it is mentioned with Máté Csák III, one of the powerful magnates in the Kingdom of Hungary. The castle changed hands until the 16th century when the Thurzó family gained it. It was reconstructed and fortified, and given its own military garrison. After the death of Imre Thurzó in 1621, it was divided between his heirs. After the ownership disputes in 1641, they lost interest in it. The castle report in 1698 said that the castle was uninhabited and there was only an archive, which was moved to the Orava Castle in the 1760s. After that, the castle was abandoned and not used any more.



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Lietava, Slovakia
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Slovakia


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Pat W (7 months ago)
This castle must have been quite something in its heyday. It's ruined now but still impresses. Restoration is underway at this time. The people are doing a great job. The hike up to the ruins is relatively looking and may be a bit hard for some but the setting is fantastic. Beautiful mountains as a backdrop, green fields and forests, butterflies,... It's a great walk. Best of all: no parking fee, no entrance fee. You can explore at leisure. Highly recommended!
Johnny Joe Johnson (9 months ago)
One of the biggest and best old castles in Slovakia,highly recommended,an easy track and a beautiful view.
Martin Bebcak (2 years ago)
It's a beautiful place.
Veronika Prielozna (2 years ago)
During my fall Slovakia travel, we visited many Slovak castles and Castle Lietava marked the most personal visit for us. It is caste ruins that is slowly turning into livable castle due to intensive local group of castle and nature lovers. Once you make a journey up to the castle, you can treat yourself with refreshment from castle coffee/ souvenir store. Kastelan and locals will implement many summer activities into their castle life for summer time. Highly recommend to make this journey!
Michal Berta (2 years ago)
Beautiful old castle being renovated by volunteers. Amazing! Must see if you are nearby.
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