Șimleu Silvaniei is a locality situated in Sălaj county, with a population of 11653 inhabitants.

Șimleu Silvaniei
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Șimleu Silvaniei, Báthory fortress

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GPS Coordinates:
47,23086 N, 22,79940 E

1435 is the last year when the stronghold from the Cetatea's hill near Șimleu Silvaniei is mentioned. Later Bátori Miklós builds a manor in the centre of the locality which between 1582 and 1592 is strengthened by the young Báthori István, nephew of Voivode Báthori István. Year 1592 as well as the damaged coat of arms of The Báthoris and The Bebeks is visible above the gate.

In 1594 the stronghold ended in the hands of the Fisc, after Báthori Zsigmond accused his cousin of infidelity. During the reign of Báthori András the castle was inhabited by the young Báthori István, his wife Ana and son András. Their daughter Báthori Zsófia becomes in 1658 the wife of King Rákóczi György the IInd.

The castle thus ends up as the property of The Rákóczis but after two years it is destroyed by the Turkish and Tartars. Being transformed in border city it isn't inhabited any more and its state is deteriorating, the process being accelerated by the war between the Kuruks and Lobonts. From the West side it left only the exterior gate and a part of the wall and the East wing two towers and two bastions of the exterior stronghold. The interior buildings were demolished. Above the main entrance the window decoration frame are decorated with serrated motifs, above them there are holes for shooting.

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