Dobrá Niva – castle

History

The castle was built after the Mongol invasion in the second half of the 13th century as a watchtower. In historical sources, it was mentioned in the years 1305-1306. It was the center of Dobrá Niva royal estate until the 16th century. At the beginning of the 17th century, the stronghold was in such bad condition that the owners left it, leaving only a military garrison. In the early modern period, the owners changed several times, the longest being from 1614 to 1804, to the Eszterházy family. From the end of the eighteenth century devastated castle fell into a total ruin.

Architecture

The castle was erected at the top of a small hill. It consisted of a two-story palace, a circumference of defensive walls and external ramparts. The surrounding puter bailey had an oval shape 65×90 meters with a gate located on the south-east side.

Current state

Until today, only one wall of the former castle palace has survived, to the height of two floors and with large, early modern windows. Admission to the castle area is free.

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bibliography:
Bóna M., Plaček M., Encyklopedie slovenských hradů, Praha 2007.
Wasielewski A., Zamki i zamczyska Słowacji, Białystok 2008.