BUDATÍN Castle was part of the Považie region’s extensive fortification system. It was built near the Váh River to defend the country’s north-western frontier. Its dominant feature is a 22-metre tower erected in 1321.
As often is the case with castles, several legends surround the history of Budatín. Probably the best known tells the story of Katarína, the daughter of the castle’s owner, Gašpar Suňog.
Legend has it that young Katarína wanted to marry František Forgáč, the 22-year-old head of Tekov County, but her father ordered her to wed the much older Ján Jakušič, owner of Vršatec Castle.
Katarína rejected the marriage, so she was threatened with the fate that many disobedient daughters suffered in the Middle Ages: eternal imprisonment within the castle's walls.
In the end, Katarína yielded to the pressure and married Jakušič. But her young beau refused to give up, and continued to visit her secretly, even at Vršatec Castle. But his last trip, on June 23, 1647, proved fatal. He was discovered, and executed.
Today, Budatín Castle, which is shown in this postcard from the 1920s as viewed from the opposite side of the river, hosts the Museum of the Považie region.
3. Nov 2008 at 0:00 | By Branislav Chovan