Saturday, October 16, 2010

Visegrád, Hungary

Visegrád is a small town on the right bank of the Danube in the Danube Bend. Visegrád is famous for the remains of the early Renaissance summer palace of King Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and the citadel or "upper castle."

The citadel, atop a 328 meter high hill, was originally built in a triangular shape and had two towers. It dates back to the 13th century and was home to Hungarian kings. It  later became their summer residence. New wings and an external wall were built during the Angevin period. Around 1400 King Sigismund also had a third curtain wall constructed and enlarged the palace buildings. At the end of the 15th century, King Matthias Corvinus had the interior part of the castle renovated. The upper castle also served for the safekeeping of the Hungarian royal insignia between the 14th century and 1526.

The hexagonal Solomon Tower was built in 1258. Vlad Tepes, aka Dracula, was imprisoned here between 1462-74.

To view all our pictures of Visegrád, click here.