Sklené Teplice – Castle Pustý Hrad


Castle Teplice probably was erected in the 13th century. At that time it guarded the road to Banska Štiavnica. It was mentioned for the first time in 1456, when the army of John Jiskra captured it. During the war with Matthias Corvinus in 1471, it was captured by Polish troops, which by the way damaged it. Damages were repaired, and in 1489-1490, for the money of Banská Štiavnica, castle were modernized and adapted to defend against artillery. It is known that still in 1602, the Pustý Hrad Castle was still standing, but it was already abandoned. Its destruction accelerated the demolition for building material for a nearby church, in the 19th century.


The castle originally consisted of a four-sided tower on the south side and east residential house, occupying together a flattened top of a hill measuring 35 x 25 to 45 meters and reinforced with a defensive wall. The timber walls and ditch were probably defending castle from the north, where the entry road led. In the fifteenth century on the north side a fortified oouter ward was built, and on the south side a middle castle with a new building and a corner tower.

Current state

The castle has not survived to modern times. Only earth ramparts and fragments of foundations are visible.

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