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Last remains of the extensive fortification system in Košice

An outdoor theatre and a reception area complete the site of the Executioner's Bastion and Radoshto.

This article was published in the Košice Region Travel Guide. Discover the region on the border between Western and Eastern European culture with our regionial guide.

Named for its proximity to the dreaded mediaeval torture chamber, the largest of the defensive bastions on the Košice city wall (built in the late 15th century) was rebuilt and enlarged many times as modern weaponry shifted from siege engines to gunpowder.

Lost in Košice? Impossible with this travel guide. Lost in Košice? Impossible with this travel guide.

Once the site of the city’s east gate, known as the “Painted Gate”, the structure provides the sole remaining evidence of the extensive fortification system that allowed Košice to flourish in the Middle Ages.

In 1906, the bastion was selected as the site for a memorial to Košice’s great hero Francis II Rákóczi (1676-1735), buried in St Elizabeth’s Cathedral. In addition to an imposing statue of the anti-Habsburg champion beloved by Hungarian-era Košicians, a replica of his exile home in Terikdag, Turkey, known as Rodoshto in Hungarian, furnished with many Rákóczi artifacts, perches atop a corner of the bastion. The museum and fortifications also house mediaeval weaponry. An outdoor theatre and a reception area complete the site.

Opening hours:

The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays. The exterior is open also on Mondays.

Ticket prices:

No admission is necessary for the exterior.
Admission to the museum: 4€

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