Chateau Galanta - Slovakia
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The oldest written record of the town of Galanta dates from the years 1237-1240. Galanta was developing as a town of nobleman with the right to create markets.
In the history of the town, the Eszterházy family played an important role and for many years had a tremendous impact on the everyday life of Galanta. The Eszterházy family built many buildings in the town. The neo-Gothic chateau, originally a fortified Renaissance building from 1633, is among the most significant. In 1736 it was rebuilt in a baroque style. Today's Gothic appearance stems from the renovations of 1861.
Galanta's neo-Gothic chateau was built in 1633 by the brothers Daniel and Paul Eszterházy during the first period of massive expansion of power and prosperity of the family. Another member of the family, Imrich, bishop of Nitra, rebuilt the object in a baroque style in 1736. The marble fireplaces from this period have still been preserved to this day. The current form of the chateau is the result of a radical renovation in 1861 into a romantic English-Gothic style. The chateau is surrounded by a landscaped park whose abruptness contrasts with the rich decoration of the facades and the building. The chateau is a monumental building that is built in the shape of a U.
Side annexes enclose the honorable court. The middle part is two-storied, the side outbuildings are single-storied; these are located directly in the original Renaissance fortification. In the middle of the main building, there is a representative staircase leading to a ceremonial space on the first floor. Facades are richly structured in an English-Gothic style. The interior stucco arches also imitate a Gothic style.
The reconstruction of the chateau was delayed because of a lack of funds. As part of this project, a new space was built in the attic to increase the capacity of the building. Statically disrupted vaults were strengthened and the building was isolated against devastation. Basement rooms are also available and the ground floor windows were replaced. The building is guarded and secured against devastation. Furthermore, the building is also protected against severe weather. The building is currently empty and unused.
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