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- Fil’akovo Castle
- Alt Name:
- Fil’akovsky hrad
- High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
- Eastern Europe
- 1200AD - 1299AD
about Fil’akovo Castle
Built on volcanic rock, Fil’akovo Castle and the town beneath it are located near the border between Slovakia and Hungary.
When Fil’akovo Castle was built, which is said to have been sometime by the 12th century, the area belonged to Hungary, as did most of present-day Slovakia. It would later be expanded both in the 15th and 16th centuries, the latter improvements a futile attempt to defend it against the Ottomans.
The most interesting period of Fil’akovo’s history is from the 16th century, particularly from 1554 when it was taken by the Ottoman Empire. The town belonged to the Turks for forty years, and was made the seat of a sanjak or administrative district of the Empire--hence the palm tree on Fil’akovo’s coat of arms.
In the late 17th century, Fil’akovo Castle was burned and abandoned. The main tower, known as Bebek’s Tower, now houses a permanent exhibit on the castle’s history. It includes objects from the Ottoman and Hungarian periods. The top floor has temporary exhibits (in October 2010, the exhibit was on African dolls and masks). Tours of Bebek’s Tower are given in Slovak or Hungarian. After the tour, visitors are free to wander about the ruins.
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Address: Hlavná ul. 14, 986 01 Fil’akovo
Phone: +421 (0)47 438 2017
Entry to the castle is on Podhradska Street. Fil’akovo can be reached by train from Bratislava (4.5 hours train, 5-6 hours bus) or Košice (2 hours train, 3.5 hours bus). It is not practical to take public transportation from Budapest, but by car it is about 2 hours.
Open 15 April-15 Oct, Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. Castle entry costs €1.70 adults, €0.70 ages 6-26 and 62-70. Entry to castle area and permanent exhibit costs €2.40 adults, €1 ages 6-26 and 62-70. All entry free for ages 0-6 and over 70. Camera use costs extra. Tour guides €4.
Billa supermarket quite close to the castle.
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