Jurisics Castle (vár), Kőszeg
The walled town and the castle within were part of the national defence system. The Gothic inner castle built in the 13th-14th-century was later refurbished in a Renaissance and Baroque style.
The castle evolved continuously from the 13th-century onwards. Not only of a strategic and defensive nature, it also had a status role as the centre of the Kőszeg estate. To this day the castle's twin character has been preserved and it is easy to imagine both the outer and the inner castle surrounded by a moat. Although today a stone bridge leads towards the gate of the outer castle, the stone sockets above the gate bear witness to the former drawbridge.
In the outer castle courtyard is a statue of castle defender Nikola Jurisic (Jurisics Miklós) as well as part of the castle's former outbuildings. The stone bridge leading to the inner castle was laid following dismantlement of the drawbridge.
The trapezoid inner castle courtyard is framed by an arcade erected on the second storey following a 1777 fire. From the courtyard only the eastern wing has retained its original shape. Passing the so-called 'stairway house' visitors may enter the exhibition halls of the Jurisics Castle Museum (Vármúzeum) from where the splendid facade of the Kőszegi Palace (1279-90) can be enjoyed. Another stairway leads up to the knights' hall built between 1392 and 1441. In the north wing Gothic ornamental wall paintings have been preserved. Several decades later, from 1483 to 1490 the late Gothic-early Renaissance row of windows was created along with Renaissance wall paintings and sgraffito. The castle's east and south wings were constructed from the second half of the 15th to the first half of the 16th century. From 1616 to 1695 the inner courtyard was once again refurbished.
The castle owes its name to its captain and defender during the Turkish period, Nikola Juri±ić. Some also call it Esterházy Castle given that the Esterházy family owned it for the longest period of 236 years.
Today the castle is home to the Jurisics Community Centre and to the exhibitions of the Castle Museum.
The small town with nearly 12,000 residents, with sub-alpine climate, is situated at the foothills of the Alps. The settlement and its vicinity at the foot of the Kőszeg hills, in the valley of the brook Gyöngyös has been inhabited since the 6th-7th centuries. In the 14th century it was given the rank of free royal town. The castle built in the13th century was named after captain Miklós Jurisics, who managed to hold up the Turkish troops advancing towards Vienna in 1532 with the help of the inhabitants. Its guilds, trade, vine growing and wine making, schools have a long history. The mediaeval town centre was not affected by the historical events, so inside the one-time town walls, the remains of which can still be seen, the houses have been preserved in their original form in Jurisics square and in the neighbouring streets.
How to get there:
By public transport, the town is served by railway from Szombathely; local Volán buses run to Kőszeg from Szombathely and Sopron. By car, go to Szombathely and take Route 87. (Source: Vendégváró)
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Cretense (68703) 2010-11-11 0:54
Excellent daily life scene and beautiful architecture photo at the same time! Great composition and framing, perfect light management, wonderful colours! Congratulations!
Ricx (13495) 2010-11-11 0:59
Hi George, a lovely photo of this interesting looking building- Lovely pick up of the sun on the tree in the fg. good fg. well done and congrats Rich
mauro61 (52857) 2010-11-11 1:10
splendida immagine del castello con colori brillanti.
Mi piace il POV con l'albero in primo piano,
un caro saluto
pauloog (11751) 2010-11-11 1:12
A fien view of the castle, partly as a looking through a magnificent tree.
besnard (57102) 2010-11-11 1:18
Un joli château qui se laisse deviner au-travers de l'arbre dépouillé. C'est du bon travail.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
npecanhuk (76985) 2010-11-11 1:21
Beautiful architectural details!
Wonderful big tree!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2010-11-11 3:33
Beautifully church with great details and colours. Good POV to capture this beautiful architecture wit the tree in the front. Well done.
dkmurphys (62903) 2010-11-11 3:50
Beautiful scene, another picturesque place from your country. Same calm atmosphere, a wonderful autumn scene.
Have a good day.
snunney (104799) 2010-11-11 4:10
An attractively lit composition of this lovely mix of castle architecture. The square frame suits well and the image has good colours and sharpness. The two people crossing the bridge contribute to the mood of the shot. Fine expansive note.
JFS (32459) 2010-11-11 4:59
Another nice shot with a great POV. The tree is very important here, even it has no leaves, it is very attractive.
My best regards,
mursaloglu (8682) 2010-11-11 5:19
Szia kedves Gyorgi
Composition is so great and amazing colors with the human figure makes this picture very armonious. Bravo A legjobb kívánságaimat.
A barátság.. ihsan
asajernigan (21427) 2010-11-11 5:33
This is a nicely composed shot of this castle. The bridge and people lead the eye into the scene. The tree provides a nice screen for the tower which is perfectly lit to stand out through the tree. The lighting and colors are fine and the photo has nice sharpness.
Sergiom (86105) 2010-11-11 5:36
Ce cadrage carré est trčs intéressant. J'aime aussi beaucoup les promeneurs qui donnent une allure romantique ŕ l'ensemble. La gestion de la lumičre est excellente.
jjcordier (79297) 2010-11-11 6:01
On admire encore une fois la lumičre, les couleurs et la composition avec la trčs belle participation de cet arbres aux branchages si esthétiques.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2010-11-11 6:40
What a clearness! Which is noticed on the fine branches of the tree. Architecture is perfectly seen and described. The presence of the visitors adds to the charm of this splendid presentation, of excellent quality. Cheer.
Have a nice day
saxo042 (37966) 2010-11-11 8:07
The lonely tree stand very well placed in front of these beautiful old buildings. Excellent colours and a pleasant touch of human presence.
vasilpro (41661) 2010-11-11 8:24
Wonderful composition, interesting architecture, beautiful tree, lovely colors, excellent light management, very good contrast, very nice POV.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
ifege (10719) 2010-11-11 22:46
Good view through the bare tree George with great colour for both the sky and the buildings.
anokutan (15097) 2010-11-11 22:59
Beautifully church with great details and colours. Good POV to capture this beautiful architecture wit the tree in the front.
danyy (0) 2010-11-11 23:38
retour coloré dans le passé, une photo plein automne avec un arbre tellement nu, serait-il mort ?
Juste un petit défaut dans les distorsions de perspective, sinon, trčs bonnes lumičres et couleurs.
Graal (103038) 2010-11-12 0:03
Jó napot George,
good presentation of castle in Koszeg. An interesting informations. Well done photo. Nice composition, colours and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
Royaldevon (41857) 2010-11-12 1:15
Good Morning George,
When you see a building like this, you celebrate the person who decided it should be red! It is such an eye-catcher!
The building, with the tall tower and tree, to the right, makes a lovely r/l movement across the frame.
The light is exquisite, highlighting particular areas but also creating stong, imposing shadows.
Have a good day,
kiasari (62) 2010-11-12 16:23
A nice composition with a nice POV, well managed framing, and superb colors. The tree looks so fantastic in this shot. Well done!
BluSimo (9392) 2010-11-13 14:55
the style of these architectures is indeed elegant to my eyes. I love the presence of the tree without leaves. the persons who walk within the light beam are an important presence for this well obtained moment. compliments.
ciao, have a good week end
TopGeo (38216) 2010-11-13 22:51
Hello GeorgeThis is a fine shot of this "old Gothic castle building".Great architecture in the background.
Nice point of view,great depth of the image.
The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Very well framed image.