Budatín Castle

Location on map - Budatín Castle
Region: Region Žilina (Žilinský kraj)
District: Žilina
City / Municipality: Žilina, City part / Municipality part:Budatín
Tourist location: Považie - Upper Váh region (Horné Považie)
Budatín Castle - Slovakia
The Budatín Castle is a castle in north-western Slovakia, in Budatín - the part of city of Žilina. It is preserved and made available to the public. It was built as a guarding castle in the second half of the 13th century. At the beginning of the 14th century, the originally royal fortress passed into the hands of Matthew III Csák and the castle, especially the towers, were fortified, and inside the fortress a new palace was built.

Since 1487, the new owner of the castle was Gašpar Suňog, whose family owned it until the end of the 18th century. Around the middle of the 16th century, the castle was rebuilt in the Renaissance style. The Turkish threat from the south, and more uprisings at the beginning of the 17th century forced the Suňogs to fortify the castle in the Renaissance style. At that time, the Gothic castle was changed into a comfortable Renaissance palace. During the Baroque period in the 17th century, efforts were concentrated on building a chapel and finishing various outbuildings of the castle and surrounding it by the park. After the Suňog family became extinct, the new owners were the Csákys, who owned the castle until 1945.

In the fifties of the twentieth century, the monumental renewal of the castle took place. Further reconstruction of the castle and the park took place in 2008-2013. At present, there are expositions of  Považské Museum - museum in city of Žilina.