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About Karolyi Castle

The first known residence of the Karolyi family in Carei dates back to the end of the 15th century.

At the end of the next century, as the Turks were an increasing threatening danger, the stone residence was transformed into a fortress and was fit with a ditch and a fortified, quadrilateral wall and four corner bastions with niches for firing guns.

In the 17th century, Carei fortress joined the system of fortifications against the Turks due to its strategic position and solid shape.

The subsequent attacks did not succeed in destroying the fortress, but they seriously damaged it. It was restored in 1678.

When Alexander Karolyi joined the rebel of Ferenc Rakoczi II, the Austrian troops came to attack the fortress of their enemy. Fortifications held on once more, however, they needed new works of restorations which would end in 1708.

In the same year, Ferenc Rakoczi II spent one month in the fortress of Carei, his visit being recalled as a memorable moment in the history of the Karolyi family.

This was the place where negotiations for drafting and signing the Peace Treaty of Satu Mare were held, in 1711.

The first plans to transform the Carei fortress arouse once the military conflicts settled in the area. It was meant to become a building with special, residential functions. Karolyi Antal (1732-1791) was the promoter of these ideas, but the work hardly began in 1792. The main elements of fortification and bastions had been all demolished and the fortress turned into a Baroque castle.

Some of the most important moments in the history of the Baroque castle are the visits of the imperial family. So, in 1797, Karolyi Jozsef (1768-1803) hosted Prince Joseph of Habsburg and a century later, in 1884, prince Rudolf of Habsburg and his wife spent two days in Carei.

A new transformation of the castle which gives the building its current look took place between 1894 and 1896 and was started by Karolyi Istvan (1797-1881).

Contact and information:

Address: Str. 1 Decembrie 1918, no. 1, Carei, Satu Mare, Romania
Phone: +4 0261.861.481

Opening hours:

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday : 8:00 - 16:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 14:00
Monday, Tuesday: Closed

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