Širkovce – Kapla Castle

History

The castle, which name comes from the first owners, Kaplaya family, was erected in the 13th century. In the fourteenth century, king Charles I of Hungary gave it to a knight Roland, founder of the Lórántffy family. In the middle of the fifteenth century, the castle was occupied by the post-Hussite armed movement called bratrzyks. Only after the suppression of the unrest and the recapture of Kapla by king Matthias Corvinus in 1460, the castle was returned to the previous owners. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Lórántffy family was a Gemer’s zupans (administrative title), but eventually in the early seventeenth century, they died out, and the castle was deserted and fell into complete ruin.

Architecture

The castle consisted of a tower and a two-bay residential building, placed on a walled upper ward, measuring approximately 55 x 20 meters. There was also a two-meter tanker for rainwater. The upper ward occupied the highest part of the hill. On the west side, fortified outer ward with further buildings, probably economic ones, and a gatehouse tower in the north-east, was created. At the foot of the hill there was probably an outer belt of fortifications, both stone and timber – earth.

Current state

The castle has not survived to modern times. It takes about 25 minutes to get from the village to the area where it was located. Currently, the site is overgrown with trees and shrubs.

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