Hungarian princely family in existence since the 1600s. Its members held a number of military, political, and religious positions and were influential patrons of the arts, particularly regarding the career of Franz Joseph Haydn.
On the following day the Austrian ambassador, Esterhazy, presented a despatch of a similar tenor from his court.
It possesses a castle of Count Esterhazy, a modern Roman Catholic Church in Gothic style and two convents.
But Thurzo was the last Protestant palatine, and, on his death, the Catholics, at the diet of Sopron (1625), where they dominated the Upper Chamber, and had a large minority in the Lower, were able to elect Count Miklos Esterhazy in Thurz6's stead.
Other parks are the Hofgarten, the Volksgarten and the Town Park, all adjoining the Ring-Strasse; the Augarten in the Leopoldstadt, the Belvedere Park in the Landstrasse, the Esterhazy Park in Mariahilf, and the TÃ¼rkenschanz Park in Dobling.
As late as 1840, Captain Walsin Esterhazy, author of a history of the Turkish rule in Africa, ventured the guess that "Barbarossa" was simply a mispronunciation of Bala Arouj, and the supposition has been widely accepted.