Podmanitzky family

Podmanitzky coat of arms.

The Podmanitzky family was an influential noble family in the Kingdom of Hungary. They originate from the little village Podmanín near Považská Bystrica, Slovakia. They passed regional bylaw called Articuli Podmanickyani which is sound testimony to the life of small size slovak medieval town (Považská Bystrica) in the 16th century.[1]

"They were the men, who for more than a hundred years influenced highest politics in the Kingdom of Hungary. They were present when most striking issues were dealt with, they helped several kings to gain the throne. Powerful, proud, but diplomatic. Great tactics, who had always known when to fight and when to retreat."[2]
"Eagle's nest" of the family Považský hrad.
Podmanitzky palace in Aszód.


First generation

Blažej Podmanitzky

Served as general in Hungarian army.

Second generation

Stephen Podmanitzky

Podmaniczky, István (1480–1530) Bishop of Nitra. He crowned first János Szapolyai and a few weeks later also Ferdinand I as the kings of the country.

Michal Podmanitzky

Podmaniczky, Michal (???- 1526)

Ján Podmanitzky

Podmaniczky, János (???) Governor of Pozsony County, archbishop of Zagreb and private advisor of Vladislas II

Third generation

Ján Podmanitzky

Podmaniczky, János (1500–1545) with his brother Rafael profited from the dispute of the head of the royal court. They were famous for they robberies and rebellion against the king. They split up in 1537 after they were presented a settlement in Aszód by János Szapolyai. He made Aszód the centre of his estates. Because of his modern methods of farming both his family and the town started developing rapidly. The tolerant landowner set up a castle for themselves and a church for the Evangelsits. He founded a primary and secondary school. He had good cooperation with the local Roman Catholotics and Jewish merchants. Aszód’s dynamical development is proved by the fact that the Monarch gave it the status of a market-town. This meant that Aszód could hold three annual fairs.

Rafael Podmanitzky

Podmaniczky, Raffael (1515–1558) was tost famous owner of the castle Považský hrad. Together with his brother they were limitless rulers of the norther part of the county. He is also responsible for rebuilding of the castle after it burned in 1543. At the end of the life he became governor of the Trencsén County. His tombstone is still palaced in the Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary in Považská Bystrica. It has letters all around in old Slovak language. A silver club had been found inside the tomb from which later chalice was made.


  1. History of the town as found on http://www.povazska-bystrica.sk/historia-mesta.phtml?id3=2191
  2. Ferko, Miloš. "Sága rodu Podmanických" (in Slovak). Historická revue.

360° views of the estates

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