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Its name is derived from the fact that the bastion was situated near a medieval executioner’s house. It is semicircular building with eight cannon chambers erected around the year 1500. The bastion was converted in the years 1920-1930 to the needs of the East Slovak Museum.
The Memorial House of Francis II Rákóczi is a part of the Executioner’s Bastion. It is a replica of his house in the Turkish exile in Tekirdağ. The exhibition in the memorial house presents relics reminding the life of the last leader of the anti-Habsburg uprising, the history of the replica of his house in Rodosto and the funeral of Rákóczi and his brothers-in-arms in Košice in 1906.
The bronze sculpture of Francis II Rákóczi was unveiled on April 3, 2006 in front of the house.