The Town Tower – The City Guardian
The renaissance Town Tower was built during the Turkish threat in 1643-1654. 36,5 m high tower had an important guard function. On the south side of the facade there is a cannonball in the wall to commemorate the Turkish wars and a reconstructed sundial.
The tower was renewed in 1997 and made accessible for tourists as a lookout tower, its tour is provided by the Tourist Information Office in Rožňava.
The tower clock
In 1555, Rožňava, like other district towns, bought the first public clock, which was placed on the tower. The clock was made by Master Martin Szontágh and it is said that the clock had a reputation as the most accurate clock in Hungary. According to legend, the city council had him cut out his tongue to prevent the secrets of the construction of these clocks from being divulged. The current clock, which is controlled digitally, dates from 1858, while the original clockwork is exhibited as a technical monument in the tower area.
Access to the tower
Today, the Watchtower is a popular tourist attraction of the city, offering its visitors a wonderful view of the city and its surroundings. Visitors can buy a ticket to the tower in Tourist Information Office in Rožňava.