(MTI) – Hungarian President Janos Ader visited the villages of Bontida (Bonchida) and Rascruci (Valaszut), and the city of Cluj (Kolozsvar) in Romania’s Transylvania region on Wednesday.
Ader and his wife, Anita Herczegh, started a three-day official visit to the region on Monday.
In Bontida, they visited the Baroque Banffy Castle, regarded as the “Versailles” of Transylvania, which is currently being restored by the Transylvania Trust. An investment of 7 million euros is needed to restore the castle, the trust’s executive Csilla Hegedus said.
In nearby Rascruci, Ader and his wife met respected Hungarian ethnographer Zoltan Kallos, who set up a boarding school for Hungarian children in the region and an ethnography museum.
They wrapped up their programme visiting the cemetery in Cluj where they paid tribute at the tombs of Hungarian scientists, writers, poets and heroes of the 1848-49 revolution and freedom fight. In the city centre they laid a wreath at the statue of Bishop Aron Marton and visited the central Saint Michael’s Church.
On Tuesday, Ader visited memorial sites of the 1848-49 Hungarian revolution and freedom fight in Szekler Land.