From the lost heritage to the exceptional collection of art. Remarkable destiny of significant collection in the middle Europe.
Count Ján XIV Pálffy was one of the richest people in Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and very important private collector of art as well. His collection was of a pan-European character, because his extraordinary collect effort makes it bigger than local conditions. Count Ján Pálffy owned many residences in Wien, Budapest, Paris, Bratislava and Kráľová pri Senci, which were used for depositing his collections. Some of them he had to rebuild. The most extensive neogothic rebuild was done in Bojnice. As models, he used French and Tyrolean castles as Amboise, Pierrefonds, Carcassonne, Perpignan, Merano, and Kreuzenstein. In his testament, he left his collection and buildings arranged as museums for the state. His relatives did not accept the testament and they sold all of the collections and buildings. Objects from Pallfy´s collections are situated not only in Slovak museums, but also in museums and galleries all over the Europe and USA.