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It was established in the first third of the 15th century to protect a nearby road. It is mentioned relatively late, only in 1470, when King Matej Korvín allowed the Roháč castle to become a castle. It follows from the above that even before 1470 there was a fortified place on this place, which was used to observe and guard the area. The first reconstruction was completed in the mentioned year 1470 and it could be influenced by Italian builders.

Súľov Castle

It was established in the first third of the 15th century to protect a nearby road. It is mentioned relatively late, only in 1470, when King Matej Korvín allowed the Roháč castle to become a castle. It follows from the above that even before 1470 there was a fortified place on this place, which was used to observe and guard the area. The first reconstruction was completed in the mentioned year 1470 and it could be influenced by Italian builders.

In 1550 it was destroyed by fire, but it was repaired to its original extent, because the terrain did not allow the castle to expand and build outbuildings. Later repairs and modifications took place during the reign of Katarína Bošániová, but in 1703 Žigmund Sirmiensis-Súľovský expressed outrage over the condition of the castle buildings.
As early as 1730, the army stayed at the castle and the castle fulfilled its function as such. The necessary repair of the castle did not take place due to disagreements between members of the family Sirmiensis, perhaps also because they inhabited comfortable mansions in the village. In 1739, one of the members of the family was given housing and a kitchen in the castle, and a police officer and a gamekeeper were to live in the complex in one person. Later (1752-1759) the members of the family took away their shares of property - only the most necessary equipment remained, and no one has lived in the castle since. The castle ceased to be guarded in 1780 and no one cared more about it. The earthquake in 1858 (the list of monuments incorrectly states 1763) severely damaged the building, since then it has not been repaired and gradually fell into disrepair. In the meantime, the castle burned down and today only fragments of masonry glued to the rocks remain.

The castle was built between three massive rock formations. The ruins still show how the foundations of the castle adapted to the terrain. The castle complex consisted of the upper and lower castle, while the distance between the two parts of the castle can be estimated at 25 meters, the height difference from the level of the lower castle to the first floor of the upper castle is 14 meters. The height of the ruin is about 18 meters.
The lower castle consisted of a defensive entrance bastion measuring 5x10 meters with several floors. The ground floor room, with four windows that are clearly visible, had about eight shooting ranges. Wall thickness 80 - 120 cm. The upper castle could be entered through a very narrow opening in the rock, wide for barely one person, and was also protected by a drawbridge. Probably 18 rooms of the upper castle had vaults, walls 80 - 100 cm thick. The height difference was connected by a steeply rising staircase, cut into the bedrock.
In the upper castle there is a rainwater tank carved into the rock, measuring 80x150 cm, today covered with waste and stone rubble. At the highest point of the upper castle stood an observatory with an excellent view of the surroundings.



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

Accepted payments: Cash
Languages: Slovak

Suitable for: Childrens, Families with childrens, Elderly, Cyclists, Young, Adults
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Updated on: 13.6.2019
Source: Wikipédia

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Súľov Castle
Hrad Súľov
013 52  Súľov
Region: Žilinský
District: Bytča
Area: Horné Považie
 49.174447, 18.583389

Hrad Súľov
013 52  Súľov

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