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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Pickard Trepess (13 months ago)
Good place to visit and learn about the local history. The castle played a key role in slowing the Turkish invasion. Great museum
Jure Kristan (17 months ago)
Super castle.
Steven (18 months ago)
Recently went here as a family. Great activities for kids and lots of history to learn for adults. Clean and well maintained. Public restroom available and clean. Not much to see, but plenty of history to learn. The property surrounding the castle is beautiful with well paved paths. Stroller friendly. Lots of benches along the way with luscious greenery.
Direncan Uğurlu (23 months ago)
Too expensive to enter. Student ticket could be cheaper and for all ages.
Igor Naglić (2 years ago)
Old fortress & museum. Tour was very good, guide knowledgeable. For all you history buffs, a place to visit.
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