Sučany – castle


   The castle was probably erected in the second half of the 13th century, perhaps on the initiative of Nicholas, then the zupan (administrative title) and owner of the surrounding lands or his son Peter Forró from the Balass family. Around 1310, it was taken over by the nobleman Matthew III Csák, but after his death in 1321 it returned to the hands of the rightful owners. Two years later, the castle became the property of the Zvolen zupan Donch, but this time king Charles I of Hungary invaded the stronghold, captured it up and probably destroyed. In subsequent years, it had to be renovated, as it appeared in documents in 1430. Eventually, the castle was destroyed in the second half of the fifteenth century during the fights with Poland for the Hungarian Crown.


   The castle was constructed on a rocky flattening of the 28 x 19 meter peak, on which a four-sided tower with a side length of 3 meters was erected. Another building could have been on the north side, and the whole was surrounded by a stone wall, also extending to a narrow rocky promontory on the east side. At a distance of 14-17 meters from the core of the castle, the outer zone of defense was a dry moat (ditch) and an earth ramparts on the west side.

Current state

   The castle has not survived to modern times. Only small relics of the main tower are visible.

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