SInce 1973 the Lenday Gallery-Museum has been located in Lendava Castle. The museum has a number of collections depicting the history of the region and the city of Lendava, and the gallery regularly mounts interesting art exhibitions.
The name Lower Limbach (Lendava) is mentioned clearly for the first time in a document dating to1192 in connection with a lawsuit involving the pious Knight Hahold. Lendava Castle is one of the most important historical monuments of the region, and is mentioned in the 12th century as a fortress on a hill above the river Lendava near today's border with Hungary.
The castle was mentioned as belonging to the Hungarian noble family Bánffy and continued in their possession until the middle of the 17th century. Under Nicholas Banffy VI. a large number of Protestant preachers and scholars lived at the castle and authored important literary and religious works of the Reformation. The Turks brought significant changes to the life of the city. Despite being besieged numerous times, Lower Limbach Castle and the town of Lent never fell into Turkish hands. After the decline of the Bánffy family, the lands of the city were inherited through the female line by the Nádasdy family. The Nádasdy period lasted only 25 years, because Ferenc Nádasdy was executed in Vienna in 1671 as punishment for his participation in a conspiracy . After that, the Lower Limbach lands reverted to the crown.
In past centuries the castle has been completely restored and rebuilt several times . Its present-day baroque appearancedates back to 1690-1707, after the Turks withdrew from the area and the Esterházy's had it rebuilt into an L-shaped building as a sign of their loyalty to Emperor Leopold I. The castle became a showpiece of baroque architecture and remained in the hands of the Esterházy family until World War I.
Today, Lendava Castle is a massive two-storey building with a mansard roof and a beautiful view of the city of Lendava. The walls are supported by massive buttresses, and the southwest facade is emphasized by a central tower. The municipalityof Lendava now owns the castle. Since 1973 it has been managed by the Lendava Gallery-Museum.
The Castle laying in wait
Replicas of hand weapons and firearms, military equipment, flags and other military objects. The exhibition tells the story of the castles that served to defend agains the Turks.
Culture of folk textiles from Hetés (ethnological exhibition)
Exhibition of objects and photographs about the cultivation and processing of hemp and linen. Representation of the role of textiles in the economy of the Hetés region.
Lapidarium and sacred heritage of Lendave
Exhibition of stone remnants of the former castle wall and baroque stone statues from the Lendava area.
Memorial room in honor of György Zala
György Zala (1858 - 1937) - sculptor. His most famous work is the Millennium Monument, which stands on the main square in Budapest.
Memorial room in honor of Štefaa Galiè
Štefan Galiè (1944-1997) - Academic painter and graphic artist. In addition to his prints, his collection of butterflies is on display in the memorial room.
Small sculptures (sculptures) made of bronze
(International Colony of Fine Arts Lendava)
The collection of bronze sculptures was created within the framework of the International Colony of Fine Arts Lendava. It has been organized since 1973 at Lendava Castle. Since 2005 efforts have been made to preserve the time-honored technique of casting bronze.
The aim of the Lendava Gallery-Museum is to gain an international reputation, which is why they endeavor to build a major center of the visual arts in Lendava and to exhibit works of world-famous artists. In recent years works of the likes of Rembrandt, Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Chagall, Vasarely, Kokoschka, Mucha
and others have been exhibited in Lendavy Castle.
Contact & Info
SI 9220 Lendava, Banffyjev trg 1
Phone: +386 (0)2 5789260
Summer (March - October):
Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm;
Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays: 10am - 6pm.
Winter (November - February):
Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm;
Saturdays: 10am - 2pm;
Closed on the following holidays: 1st and 2nd of January, Easter, 1st of November, 25th and 26thof December.