Szigetvár Fortress

Szigetvár, Hungary

Written references to the Szigetvár castle date back to 1449, but it is thought that the central and oldest part of the castle would have been erected in the 14th and 15th centuries, by Janos, son of Anthimus, while in public office in Slavonia.

The castle is a national symbol of the tragic resistance against invading Turkish armies, whose forces vastly outnumbered those of the Hungarians. In 1566, when defending the castle was no longer a viable option, the castle's defenders, under the command of their captain, the Croatian Miklós Zrínyi, stepped out of the castle to face their destiny in what was to be a heroic battle against the Turks. This act of heroism has been commemorated on many occasions in Croatian and Hungarian literature, as well as in many paintings and sculptures.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Hungary

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Tomislav Zubović (18 months ago)
Feels like traveling back trough time, Croatian noble Nikola Zrinski(Zriny) and few hundreds od defenders heroically died for freedom and its kingdom.
Zoltan Lenger (19 months ago)
Super wery nice
Gabriella Seye (2 years ago)
I like this place we often come here. There are valuable programs from time to time. Recommended.
Krisztian Toth (2 years ago)
The whole castle is a really nice and calm park to spend the whole afternoon. The museum gives interresting insights into the battle and history.
Brian Borna Forsek (2 years ago)
It is a very peaceful place. You can walk around the walls to see where one of the biggest battles happened between the Hungarians and the Turks. In the middle of the fort there is a newly constructed building detailing the history of the family and the battle.
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