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Bojnice Castle is one of the oldest and most important monuments in Slovakia. It stands on a travertine hill above the city. The first written mention of the existence of the castle is from 1113 in a document of the Zobor abbey. It was originally a wooden castle and evolved from an older fortified settlement. Gradually during the 13th century, it was built of stone as the property of the Poznan family.

Bojnice Castle

Bojnice Castle is one of the oldest and most important monuments in Slovakia. It stands on a travertine hill above the city. The first written mention of the existence of the castle is from 1113 in a document of the Zobor abbey. It was originally a wooden castle and evolved from an older fortified settlement. Gradually during the 13th century, it was built of stone as the property of the Poznan family.

At the end of the 13th century, the Hungarian nobleman Matúš Čák Trenčiansky seized Bojnice and the castle belonged to him until 1321. After Matúš Čák, other aristocratic families took over as owners in Bojnice in the 14th and 15th centuries - Gilethovci, Leustachovci, Noffryovci.

In 1489, King Matej Korvín donated Bojnice Castle together with the manor to his illegitimate son Ján Korvín. After the death of King Matej, the castle was seized by Zápoľský's troops and inhabited until 1526. In 1527, King Ferdinand I donated the castle to Alexei Turz. The Turz family modified the castle and rebuilt it into a comfortable Renaissance mansion. The original Gothic castle thus acquired the character of a Renaissance chateau with equally tall residential buildings grouped around the inner courtyard.

After the extinction of the Turzov family (in 1636), the castle again belonged to the crown. A year later, in 1637, Emperor Ferdinand III. the Bojnice estate to Pavel Pálfi in advance for two hundred thousand gold pieces. In 1643, the Pálfi family received the heritage of Bojnice Castle. In Bojnice, the construction industry took over again and the castle got a baroque appearance. Construction activity at the castle subsided at the end of the 17th century. Its appearance did not change significantly during the 18th and 19th centuries.

After a long period of stagnation and decline, the Bojnice estate with the castle was acquired in 1852 by its last aristocratic owner - Count Ján František Pálfi. Count Pálfi decided to rebuild the castle into a romantic chateau. He used French Gothic castles from the Loire Valley, the Pontifical Palace in Avignon, Gothic Tyrolean castles and early Renaissance Italian architecture as examples.
The architect of the neo-Gothic reconstruction was Jozef Hubert. But the architect apparently became only an instrument in the hands of his customer with a highly refined artistic taste. Pálfi himself drew, designed and directed all the work. This last neo-Gothic reconstruction lasted 22 years (1889 - 1910).

Count Pálfi did not live to see its full completion, he died in Vienna on June 2, 1908 as an old bachelor. Because he had no direct heirs, disputes over relatives over inheritance broke out soon after his death. In 1923, a friendly agreement was concluded between the heirs of Count Pálfi and the Czechoslovak state, in which the collections were determined, which will not be the subject of auctions. Auctions of Count Pálfi's art collections took place between 1924 and 1926.
In 1939, the chateau and the land belonging to it were bought by the Baťa company. After the war, on the basis of Beneš's decrees, it belonged to the state. Since 1950, the chateau has definitely housed a museum, which is now part of the Slovak National Museum.

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Transport: By foot, By bike, By car, By bus
Parking: Free parking nearby

Accepted payments: Cash
Languages: Slovak, English, German

Suitable for: Childrens, Families with childrens, Elderly, Young, Adults
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Updated on: 21.9.2022

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Phone: +421 46 543 0624
Website: bojnicecastle.sk
Bojnice Castle
Bojnický zámok
Zámok a okolie 1
972 01  Bojnice
Region: Trenčiansky
District: Prievidza
Area: Ponitrie
 48.779874, 18.577744

Altitude: 309 m

Bojnický zámok
Zámok a okolie 1
972 01  Bojnice

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