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Simontornya Castle

Simontornya Castle



Location: Simontornya  Map

Constructed: 13th century




Description of Simontornya Castle


Simontornya Castle is located in Simontornya in Hungary. It was constructed in the 13th century. Simontornya Castle name is literally translated as Simon's tower. Simontornya Castle got this name name apparently after its original owner. The citadel was captured by the Ottoman Turks and turned into a seat of a local government for sandjak, but in 1686 it was recaptured by Louis William, Margrave of Baden- Baden. In the early 18th century Simontornya Castle was used as a military stronghold by the Kuruc rebels who fought against the Habsburgs under leadership of Prince Francis II Rakoczi. It was besieged by the Austrian forces and taken in 1709. Simontornya Castle was briefly used as military barracks, but military improvements made it obsolete. Citadel was turned into a barn for cattle. Only in the middle of the 20th century reconstruction of the building have begun.