The Karolyi Castle from Carei, Satu Mare county, was built in 1482, after the local noblemen received the approval of Matia Corvin, the King of Hungary, to build a house made of stone to live in it.
Across time, the Castle was attacked various times by the Turks and became a fortress to defend the western border of Transylvania. The Castle was partially destroyed after the Austrian attack from 1705 and from 1711 was restored, adding to it Baroque architectural elements. In 1894 other restoration was made to the Castle, adding elements that were specific to French castles.
The monument has 130 rooms, but only 10 of them are opened to the public. It was recently restored and is managed by The Satu Mare County Museum. The castle can be visited everyday, from Monday to Sunday and there is no entrance fee.
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