Füzér is in Hungary and it belonged to the famous noble called Bánk Bán between 1205-1209. The castle is situated south of Kassa (Kosice) and north of Tokaj, in Upper Hungary. It sits 552 meters above sea level among the hills of the Zemplén Mountains.
The castle was renovated by 2016: the outer bailey rebuilt, the chapel, the keep and its lower bastion reconstructed. Visitors can get to know the history of the town at a visitor center nearby.
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The castle was built atop a volcanic mountain above Füzér and it is one of the first of its kind built in the Arpad-era. It was built before 1264 and King Béla IV gave it to his daughter, Anna. Béla’s son took it away from her and the king had to besiege the castle but could not take it.
King István V gave the castle to the Füzéry family in 1270. It went to the Aba Amádé family in 1285 but later King Károly Róbert gave it to the Drugeth family.
King Sigismund gave it to the Perényi family in 1389 who had made major changes in it.
King Matthias Corvinus took it away from them in the 1480s but he gave it back to them.
Lord Perényi Péter was in charge of guarding the Holy Crown of Hungary and after 1526 the Sacred Crown was hidden here for a year. The palace of the castle was built in the renaissance style in the 1560s.
The Báthory family got the castle in 1567 and Prince Bethlen Gábor took it in 1623. Among its owners were the widow of the famous defender Nádasdy Ferenc, Elisabeth Báthory, who was rumored to have bathed in the blood of virgins to uphold her beauty – recent research disproved the legend.
Later, it went to the Emperor who stationed German mercenaries there. Füzér was burned down and abandoned by the Austrians in 1676. Its strategical role became insignificant and the fort got neglected and finally abandoned.
Currently, the castle has been very nicely renovated. Among the pictures, you can see photos of the castle before and after the reconstruction. In fact, the castle has been undergoing renovation since the 1990s. By 2016 the outer-bailey, the chapel, the keep, and the lower bastion were rebuilt. You can find the Castle Handicraft House in the center of Füzér as well as the Folk Museum of the 1940s-50s. The Visitor Center has an exhibition on the castle as well as the natural and cultural heritage of the village.
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