Oponice Castle Ruins

Oponice, Slovakia

Oponice Castle was probably built in the second half of the 13th century by son Peter from the Csák clan. The castle was first mentioned in 1300 as 'Oponh'. Until the death of Máte Csák of Trencsén in 1321, Oponice Castle guarded part of his wide domain in the central Nitra area. The castle was later administered by the royal exchequer until it was passed in 1392 into the hereditary possession of Nicholas Ewres, founder of the Apponyi dynasty.

The castle was expanded and its defenses strengthened, particularly during the threat from Ottoman Turkey, allowing it to withstand enemy onslaughts. Unfortunately, a family dispute over land dating from 1612 meant the end of the castle, punctuated by a fire in 1645 which caused the castle owners to finally abandon it. From time to time the castle was used by the Kurucs, Hungarian insurgents fighting the Habsburgs, until Imperial forces conquered it and had the castle demolished in the early 17th century. The castle's aristocratic tradition remained bound to the Apponyis, who maintained and preserved it until the death of the final descendant from this family, Henrich Apponyi, in 1935.

The castle’s distinct silhouette covers the preserved gun bastion and northeast Renaissance castle up to the third floor.

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593, Oponice, Slovakia
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Ruins in Slovakia

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Alex B. (2 years ago)
Nice place to walk to. But nothing interesting expect ruins inside
Alexandra Kostalova (2 years ago)
Love this place. Always happy to visit. Nice walk through the forest not really difficult to get up to the ruins. Accessible for families with kids.
Norbert P. (2 years ago)
Very nice open castle with great sunset view and ongoing lovely restoration even with wooden floor reconstruction
Miroslav Kralcak (2 years ago)
Better and better every year
Martin Atalovic (2 years ago)
Very beautiful place in the woods. We walked all the way from Lefantovce through the woods. The castle is being renovated. You might watch beautiful sunset from the castle and have a nice view over the walley around Topoľčany. We visited the place during winter but spring and autumn must be spectacular.
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