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Čachtice Castle

Coordinates: 48°43′30″N 17°45′39″E / 48.72500°N 17.76083°E / 48.72500; 17.76083
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Čachtice Castle
Čachtice, Slovakia
View of the castle ruins from the south
Čachtice Castle is located in Slovakia
Čachtice Castle
Čachtice Castle
Coordinates48°43′30″N 17°45′39″E / 48.725°N 17.760833°E / 48.725; 17.760833
Site information
OwnerVillage of Čachtice
ConditionRuined, Tourist Attraction
Site history
Built13th century
Built byKazimír of Hunt-Poznan

Čachtice Castle (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈt͡ʃaxcit͡se]; Slovak: Čachtický hrad, Hungarian: Csejte vára) is a castle ruin in Slovakia next to the village of Čachtice. It stands on a hill featuring rare plants, and has been declared a national nature reserve for this reason. The castle was a residence and later the prison of the Countess and alleged serial killer Elizabeth Báthory.[1]

Čachtice was built in the mid-13th century by Kazimir from the Hont-Pázmány gens as a sentry on the road to Moravia. Later, it belonged to Matthew Csák, the Stibor family, and then to Elizabeth Báthory. Čachtice, its surrounding lands and villages, was a wedding gift from the Nádasdy family upon Elizabeth's marriage to Ferenc Nádasdy in 1575.

Originally, Čachtice was a Romanesque castle with an interesting horseshoe-shaped residence tower. It was turned into a Gothic castle later and its size was increased in the 15th and 16th centuries. A Renaissance renovation followed in the 17th century. In 1708 the castle was captured by the rebels of Francis II Rákóczi. It was neglected and burned down in 1799. It was left to decay until it was turned into a tourist attraction in 2014.[2]



  1. ^ "Čachtice, castle of the 'blood countess'". 29 November 2010.
  2. ^ "História hradu". Čachtický hrad. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  3. ^ "Castles and More Castles (Slovakia)". Iarelative.com. 1996-06-06. Retrieved 2012-09-15.

Further reading


In English:

In French:

In German:

  • Farin, Michael (2003). Heroine des Grauens. Elisabeth Báthory. Munich: P. Kirchheim. ISBN 3-87410-038-3.

In Hungarian:

  • Bessenyei, József (2005). A Nádasdyak. General Press Kiadó. ISBN 963-9598-65-8.
  • Lengyel, Tünde and Várkonyi, Gábor (2010). Báthory Erzsébet, Egy asszony élete. General Press Kiadó. ISBN 978-963-643-168-6.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Nagy, László (1984). A rossz hírű Báthoryak. Kossuth Könyvkiadó. ISBN 963-09-2308-4.
  • Nagy, László (1987). Az erős fekete bég: Nádasdy Ferenc. Zrínyi Katonai Könyv és Lapkiadó. ISBN 963-326-933-4.
  • Nemere, István (2009). Báthory Erzsébet magánélete. Könyvmolyképző Kiadó. ISBN 978-963-245-193-0.
  • Péter, Katalin (1985). A Csejtei várúrnő: Báthory Erzsébet. Helikon. ISBN 963-207-652-4.
  • Rexa, Dezső (1908). Báthory Erzsébet Nádasdy Ferencné. Benkő Gyula Udvari Könyvkereskedése.
  • Supka, Géza (c. 1940). Az átkozott asszony: Nádasdy Ferencné, Báthory Erzsébet bűnügye. Erdélyi Egyetemes Könyvtár.
  • Szádeczky-Kardoss, Irma (1993). Báthory Erzsébet igazsága. Nestor Kiadó. ISBN 963-7523-26-X.

In Slovak:

  • Dvořák, Pavel (1999). Krvavá grófka: Alžbeta Bátoryová, fakty a výmysly. Slovart. ISBN 978-80-85501-07-0.
  • Nižnánsky, Jožo (2001). Čachtická pani. Media Klub. ISBN 80-88963-52-4.

48°43′30″N 17°45′39″E / 48.72500°N 17.76083°E / 48.72500; 17.76083