I got another request. I had talked a little bit about Cachtice Castle, where Elizabeth Bathory lived, in my travel post. There are some who wish for me to expand on this topic. I couldn’t be happier to do this topic. There is so much to talk about, I will have to restrain myself. Cachtice Castle is located on the top of a hill just about the village of Cachtice. Cachtice Castle was a wedding present given to Countess Elizabeth Bathory in the 16th century, along with the 17 surrounding villages. Elizabeth moved into Cachtice Castle when she was 14 years old. It was not until 1615, when Elizabeth was about 40 years old, that she started killing young women within the wall of Cachtice.
For those of you who have not read my previous posts on travel and Elizabeth Bathory I will give a bit of a background on the historical context of this amazing castle. Elizabeth Bathory was a countess who lived in Cachtice Castle in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. She was also known as the Blood Countess. She believed that if she bathed on the blood of young women she would remain youthful and beautiful. Over approximately a five year period, Elizabeth Bathory killed about 600 young women from the surrounding villages. When this was found out Elizabeth was found guilty of these crimes. Since they could not kill a member of the nobility, they walled her up in the castle and left her to die.
With all of that in mind, one is surely thinking that Cachtice Castle must be haunted. So many deaths took place here. The castle is in ruins. Today people are allowed to go on a hike to the ruins. They can’t go in due to the ruins being a historical landmark for the local people. There could also be some superstitions connected to the castle and anyone who would choose to walk in there. There is also a museum within the village of Cachtice that is dedicated to the castle and relics that were able to be saved after the castle was burned down in 1708.
It was in 1708 that the castle was laid siege to and burned. They did repair the castle in 1715 though. After that it was used as a jail. No one has used Cachtice Castle as a residence since 1708. Not many people remember that this castle was used as a jail though. It is most famous for being the residence of Elizabeth Bathory. I think I have gone through about 10 articles that talk mainly about Elizabeth Bathory and horrible things she did during her life at Cachtice Castle. People are mainly wanting to hear about where Elizabeth Bathory lived during the infamous years of her life. Along with the details of the horrible things that she did during those infamous years. One can never forget to mention why Elizabeth Bathory is infamous.