The construction phase of the renewal of the Széchenyi Castle in Nagycenk has been completed, according to the Eszterháza Cultural, Research and Festival Centre Non-profit Kft. that informed MTI on Tuesday.
As HellóMagyar reported, the development, part of the Nemzeti Kastélyprogram és Nemzeti Várprogram (National Castle Programme), will be completed by autumn this year, with a budget of more than HUF 2 billion 844 million (EUR 7.4 million), partly from EU funds and partly from domestic resources.
The main objective of the development of the castle for tourism purposes is to create a worthy national memorial site as a legacy of Count István Széchenyi.
During the reconstruction works, the Old Manor, the Széchenyi Wing, the Flower House, the Pandur Houses, and the castle park were renovated. In the two guardhouses at the main entrance to the park (the Pandur Houses), a ticket office, information point, museum shop, and toilets were built.
In the castle park, among other things, the Baroque parterre walkways have been restored, and a fountain and a themed playground have been created. The gardens have been furnished with seating, waste bins, lighting fixtures, an irrigation system, and a new northern walled fence. An exhibition with interactive tools will be opened in the Old Manor and the Széchenyi wing in the near future.
In the Old Manor building, mechanical and electrical systems were renovated, and a fire protection system was installed. In the Széchenyi wing, the retrofitted service rooms were demolished.
On the ground floor, there is a children’s daycare centre, while the south wing houses offices, storage, staff rooms, a server centre, and a security room. In addition to the modernisation of the service units and the bathrooms, the original space with its large glass surfaces has been preserved, which is suitable for events and exhibitions.
The construction and finishing works of the buildings and the castle park were carried out by a joint consortium of Fertőd Construction and Services Kft. and ZÁÉV Zrt.
According to the statement, the former castle of Count István Széchenyi is one of the most outstanding, emblematic values of our country in terms of national history, and since the time of Széchenyi, there has never been such an example of this kind of large-scale development of the castle complex. The foundation stone of the project was laid in January 2021.