Betlenfalva (Betlanovce or Betlensdorf) is famous for the late renaissance palace of the Hungarian Thurzó family. The village is located in the Upper lands/Horná Zem/Felvidék, now it is in Slovakia, not too far from Kassa (Kosice, Kaschau).

The place was first mentioned in 1260 as Betlema and the Göbel family owned it in 1311.

The settlement’s lord became the mighty Thurzó György in 1430. The Thurzó family derived from Lower Austria and they were related to the Fuggers. They can be partly made responsible for the financial disaster before the Battle of Mohács in 1526.

Next to the village can be found the barely visible remains of the Marcel-castle which was built in the 13th century. The Hussites used it in the 15th century when they were raiding the area led by Peter Axamit. Their castle was pulled down later by the command of Lőcse city.

The palace was built between 1564-68 by Péter Faigel whose wife came from the Thurzó family. The small palace used to be a place for the assemblies of the county’s nobility. The building was renovated last time in 1960. In the pictures, you can see its church, too.

If I had the money, I would not think twice to buy it.