The Čachtice castle
In the written sources the castle of Čachtice was mentioned for the first time as a frontier fortress in the first half of the 13. century. It is situated on a limestone - dolomite hill between the villages of Čachtice and Višňové. It was built by Kazimír from the dynasty of Huntpazmán. Its oldest part were built between 1263- 1276. In 1273 the castle was attacked and severely damaged by the Czech king Přemysl Otakar II. Many significant owners were reported in its history: Matúš Čák of Trenčín, Stibor of Stiboricz, or the Nádašdy family. The castle was burned down in 1708 and it was the beginning of its end. It was not reconstructed anymore. It burned down again in 1799 but no one was living there at that time. In 1992 after repeated demands it was registered as a cultural monument which needed reconstruction.
Despite being a ruin it still demonstrates the development of the medieval defence architecture. The ruins consist of buildings which can be easily identified. In the upper castle there are fragments of the original plasters with paintings. The older photographs show it with a tower. There is a magnificent view from the castle, which offers Small Carpathians, the MyjavaHighlands and Považský Inovec.
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