Šurice – Castle Soví Hrad


   The history of the castle is poorly researched. It was founded probably at the turn of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries on the initiative of the nobleman Kokoš (Kakas) from the Ratoldov family. His descendants appeared in historical sources in the 70s of the 14th century, however, already in 1385, probably the abandoned castle was not mentioned.


   The castle occupied the top of a lone rocky hill. Its dominant feature was the building or the residential tower erected on a trapezoidal plan. Probably a smaller building was added to it, maybe an annex with a staircase. The entrance to the tower was preceded by a short defensive wall separating a small courtyard. It was accessed by steps carved out of the rock from the lower outer bailey, probably entirely made of light wooden buildings. On the other side of the tower there was another courtyard on which a rainwater tank cut in the rock was placed.

Current state

   The castle has not survived to modern times, but you can admire the rocky hill that stands out on the background of the surrounding landscape. Admission to its area is free.

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