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The castle of Boldogkő, TájGazda

Human hands sometimes are able to create unbelievable things. I often think about how churches and castles could be built in ancient times, in the Middle Ages in the absence of modern technology.

I have similar thoughts about the Castle of Boldogkő. Just look at the castle in the far distance. I haven’t got the slightest idea how much work and effort were to build this castle in the Middle Ages.
The Castle of Boldogkő is located about 50 km far from Miskolc, at the edge of the valley of Hernád. The castle erected after the Mongol invasion was built on a cliff, because the landscape was clearly visible from the cliffs. The tradition attributes this castle to master drier Bodó who gave Béla IV. a hiding place from Tatars. The castle was first named Bodókő but it became Castle Boldogkő after the royal behest: „Let’s call this castle Boldogkő from this point, since seven beautiful maid, the seven fairy were the happiest here”.

Our famous natives of this countryside also remember the castle at several times in works such as Bálint Balassi’s poet ‘Borivóknak való’ or Dezső Szabó’s short story ‘Szent Boldogkőváralján’ and Jenő Vécsey’s symphonic  poem which the Symphonic Orhestra performed from Miskolc on the 700th century of the castle.

The diplomas were first published in 1282, under the name Castrum Boldua. The castle was built by a member from the Tomaj nation under the command of Béla IV. During history he belonged to the king of many kings and was owned by many noble families. The castle became state owned after 1945. Then they began archaeological excavations and carried out restoration and conservation work. The castle currently is under municipal management. In the course of recent renovations, two towers were provided with roofs in 2002 and approx. 100-meter long passageway with magnificent views through the loopholes in direction to the west and north was built around the wall of the lower courtyard. The most spectacular part of the castle is the Lion Rock and the sentry box at the end which you can find at the height of 20m. You can approach the sentinel box through a wooden plank. It could be exciting to walk along and view the scenery from the height of 20m. Another attraction of the castle is that the cellar and wine bar were connected underground. So after traversing the fortress, the tourist can get straight to the cool wine bar where you can rest your tired limbs.

The castle can be visited all year round, and even weddings and events are held between medieval walls. Tourist school classes are welcomed to watch mounted archery show from the Conquest era and demonstration of weapons and costumes from medieval era and the kids can take part in costume guided tour. Who has entrepreneur spirit can try out the turnery of wooden gate, the potter's wheel and making the lucky horseshoe.

Each part of the fortress consisting lower and upper parts provides some spectacle. In the lower courtyard, a medieval smelter indicates that once bronze was produced. The visitors are welcomed in the wing of palace where Knight's Hall and a historical lead-soldier exhibition, the biggest attractions in Middle Europe are held. You can try out how the dry mill could once have worked in the Mill Bastion. The oldest part of the castle is a five-story old tower. A cistern with 26 meters depth can be found in the vicinity from which water was carried into the village. Visitors can admire constant exhibitions including archaeological, military, historical, mineral, sculpture, heraldic and flag exhibition, mint and numismatic exhibition. Moreover, they can see the jail, torture chamber, and smith workshop.

It is worth visiting this castle!

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