Saturday, August 13, 2011

Hungarians and Turks at Sümeg

As you know, the Turks invaded Hungary in the 1500s and ruled two thirds of the country for about 150 years. This is the castle at Sümeg, about an hour south of Sopron. Because of its location on a solid rock hill, it was never captured by the Turks and today is the best preserved of Hungarian castles. Our ancestor King Bela IV lived here for a short time in the 1200s, so you can see that the castle has been here for a long time.

The castle has a display showing how the Turks tried to invade the castle in 1664. If you look closely, you can see the ladders they are carrying.

The castle also has a display of the types of torture and punishment that were common in those days. Burning at the stake, beheading, hanging, beating with clubs full of nails, and suspending people from the ceiling are illustrated here.

When the castle is lit up at night, you have no reminders of its battle worn past.

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