Erdödy castle, Kerestinec

Kerestinec Castle (Croatian: Dvorac Kerestinec or Dvorac Erdödy u Kerestincu) is a castle constructed by the Erdödy family in Kerestinec, in town of Sveta Nedelja. It is a 1st category monument. It is a two-story structure with a square layout and cylindrical corner towers and open arcades in the courtyard. This is a Renaissance castle with fortified elements.

Kerestinec Castle
Dvorac Kerestinec
Kerestinec, Croatia
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Kerestinec Castle
Coordinates45°46′28″N 15°49′02″E / 45.7745°N 15.8172°E / 45.7745; 15.8172Coordinates: 45°46′28″N 15°49′02″E / 45.7745°N 15.8172°E / 45.7745; 15.8172
TypeRenaissance castle
CodeHR
Site information
OwnerMunicipality of town Sveta Nedelja
Site history
Built1575 (1575)
Built byErdödy family
In use16th–20th century

In 1565, Petar II. Erdödy (1504 - 1567) was awarded the noble title of count, and already then was actively working on the construction of the castle at Kerestinec, surrounded by a wide moat. In 1575, the castle was expanded and renewed, and works continued until the late 16th century.[1] It was rebuilt in the 18th and 19th centuries, and fully refurnished in the early 20th century.

Historical sources record the participation of the Kerestinec peasants, living around the castle, in the great Peasants' Revolt of 1573, during which the castle was badly damaged. The castle was also the site of the Kerestinec Revolt of 1936.[2]

Castle housed several Croatian bans, with ban Antun Mihalović serving last on that position during Austria-Hungary. Castle also served as location of several sessions of Croatian parliament during 17th and 18th century.[3]

Prior to World War II, the castle served as a prison camp, and after the war, it housed the military. Today it is still awaiting a new purpose. A series of events are held in the castle throughout the year.

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