The Castle of Lendva
From the dawn of the Middle Ages Lendva, was a fortified town, a castle standing on the hill was mentioned as early as the 12th century. The first archaeological finding is a fragment of the castle walls from the 17th century, which now belongs to the collection of the museum. The castle is famous for resisting the Turkish armies. Thanks to the bravery of the defenders, it never got into enemy hands. The museum opened its doors in 1973 as the Gallery-Museum Lendva.
The most notable collection of the museum is the permanent exhibition that displays the history of the Kingdom of Hungary and the history of the town, which is a one of a kind feature in itself. The exhibit has handheld weapons, cannons, banners and personal items – sometimes the replicas of the originals. It’s easy to get into historic mood as you walk to corridors of the exhibit. We recommended it not only to kids, who just love swords and shields, but to grown-ups, who can’t resist the sight of these. There’s something in the collection for different tastes and likings.
As all famous castles, this one has its own lapidarium, where you can have a closer look at the ancient stone slabs, inscriptions, wall fragments and statues. A unique item in the collection is the well-preserved Baroque statue of Saint John the Baptist found in the castle hill. Next to the lapidarium you will find a collection of maps, showing the castle and its surroundings throughout the centuries.
The György Zala memorial hall commemorates the famous artist, who is best known for the Millennial Monument in Budapest. You can admire the master’s smaller creations and statues in the hall. Next to it, you can visit the collection of István Gálics, who was a sculptor and a wood carver, plus his amazing butterfly collection. On top of these, the castle has a rich inventory of bronze statues, since the city has long traditions of bronze making and molding, as well as fine arts. This collection can be found in a special display area in the attic.