Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary

Apr 8, 2011

Our 5 year anniversary

Then and Now
Then and Now

Times passes by so quickly. 

It was already five years ago that a group of people from all over the county ascended to Szadvar to dig out the ruins of the medieval castle from its 300 years Cinderella like dream. 5 years later again a few dozen volunteers gathered again in the valley of the Menes river at the Szalamandra house to clean up the castle from its winter sleep. It was a beautiful relatively warm day. We greeted our old friends and welcomed newcomers. We really appreciate that people spend their time and money to save a piece of medieval history.

The team climbed up the hill and reached the outer gate in 25 minutes. After short orientations smaller teams started cutting the foliage, collecting garbage and stones on the southern side of the castle. 

We were especially pleased to welcome the representatives of Saros castle (Slovakia) whom came to Szadvar for the first time and we have every reason to believe that it is the start of a long term cooperation.  On Monday the joined teams got into their cars and drove up to Saros to check out how the works progress up there. 

Due to the grants and donations we are ready to start the conservation works in the summer on the eastern wall and provided we can raise an additional $3000 we will also conduct our first excavation workshop in July or August. 

We would also love you to join any of these efforts. Please contact us for details if you want to have a medieval experience.

The team
The team
Stone gathering
Stone gathering


Dec 23, 2010

Looking forward to 2011 and looking back at 2010

Karoly Kos Award
Karoly Kos Award
Dear Szadvar Supporters, Donors, Friends,

Approaching the end of the year we would like to thank you for your support, contribution and hard work! Our collaboration has been recognized by the Hungarian Government on Dec 16th when our organization was given the Karoly Kos Award. The award has been given since 1999 to local organizations that according to the funders "have done an outstanding job protecting our local historical heritage". 

As the award justification stated:

"Many of the castles that are far from the major tourist centers are in bad shape and disappear from our eyes year after year. Szadvar was part of this group until a group of volunteers decided to save it. The members of the Association cleaned up the courtyards, carried out a geodesical survey and started to conserve the walls and towers. The Association expanded its activities organizing a youth camp for children from 3 countries."
As we look back at 2010 we feel immensely proud to see the remaining wall of the old 15th century palace preserved for the future as well the northern part of the outer courtyard unearthed. We are grateful that thanks to the donations and grants we were able to spend multiple occasions this year at the castle and make progress according to our long term plans. Judging from the increase of visitors we are on the right path to help this long forgotten castle wake up from its Cinderella dream and assist the economical development of the village of Szogliget.

Thanks to our supporters we can optimistically look forward to 2011, despite the less than optimal economic conditions we are only a little bit behind with our fundraising goals and aim to complete the restoration of the northern wall as well as excavate the outer courtyard to learn more about the histroy of the castle. The excavations are expected to take place in August please let us know if you were interested joining us.

Again, thank you for your support and please think about Szadvar in 2011!

Holiday Greetings
Holiday Greetings
May 26, 2010

2010 Plans

Thanks to contributions from our donors, members and grants the effort to save the ruins of Szadvar Castle continue in 2010. As usual in March, dozens of Szadvar supporters marched up the snow covered hilltop to prepare the grounds for the works scheduled for July-August. Association members worked for 3 days, tirelessly removing vegetation, collecting stones while enjoying the challange and the company of friends not seen for a while.

In July the walls of the gothic palace would be conserved and renovated, while in August a section of the northern wall is to be unearthed and conserved. The urgency of works around the palace wall is underscored by the fact that during the winter another section of the two-storey wall collapsed due to the weather. Thanks to the survey executed in 2009 the previous of state of the building is recorded and can be restored.

The March efforts were not spectacular but they were absolutely necessary to keep the castle grounds clean and transparent.

In addition to the castle saving efforts the association is also committed to the education of children about the importance of saving historical heritage and to foster international collaboration. As a result in August 2009 we organized the first medieval summer camp for children from Hungary and Slovakia. In 2010 we would like to extend the international reach to at least three countries and include polish children as well.

The summer camp does not only teach them about medieval history, archeolgy but also gives an opportunity to the children to interact with others from a different cultural background.

Visit the following page for pictures:

Dec 4, 2009

2009 Fall Works

Why Szadvar?

(A personal note from our last activity.)

I am completely biased to answer this question. I could say just because but then I would lose the exciting details of being part of this great initiative.

I arrived Thursday night to the usual accomodation and spent the next few hours with old (castle) friends.

Next morning by the time we climbed up to the fog covered castle the rain has stopped and we formed smaller teams to execute on the tasks that were lying ahead. Our work was not as spectacular as in the summer but was needed to keep the castle and the surroundings neat.

Some people cut the vegetation, others collected stone for the works planned for next summer while others continued the conservation work on the outer walls.

I was glad to get back to the village have dinner and head to bed to recharge the batteries for the following day. As usual going to bed early was not an option. As we were getting ready to call it the day relief forces signalled their arrival, several people from the distant Csobanc castle (150 miles away) arrived to take part in the effort. Instead of going to sleep we again spent hours to catch up with the newcomers.

Next day beautiful weather waited for us and several new people joined in as well, some from as far as 300 miles from Slovakia. Thanks to the good weather we could enjoy the spectacular panorama of the Aggtelek National Park.

The 7th Save the Castle day ended in a local restaurant where everyone joined in for some singing and dancing.

So why Szadvar? That is why! Because of the 2 days of hard work, of being together for a common goal, to help a local community.

Our activities are covered from donation from all around the world. We would like to thank our donors for making our work possible!

Plans for next year:

- 8th Save the castle day around March 15th to prepare the grounds for the summer works - Archeology camp for students in June - Conservation work on the 15th century gothic palace

We would also love you to join any of these efforts. Please contact us for details if you want to have a medieval experience.

Jul 29, 2009

2009 Summer activities

Dozens of volunteers - under the supervision of the Herman Otto Muzeum and KOH - carried out the most extensive conservation work to date at Szadvar. The work focused on the most endangered section of the ruins, the remanants of the southern wall that once connected the outer gatehouse with the Nemet Bastion.

Our volunteers defying the summer heat removed several layers of earth under the walls, cleaned the walls and covered it with a protective layer to resist the weather conditions. As part of the project 5 previously unknown loopholes were located in the wall, some of them were partially restored during the workshop.

The results of the projects were visible already during the conseravation works. People who never visited the site before decided to check it out. The number of tourists visiting the site has exponentially grown since 2006.

A photoalbum can be viewed here:

In mid July the effort of our nonprofit were recognized by the top heritage institute in Hungary, when it received the Podmaniczky price.

We would like to thank our individual domestic and foreign donors, the National Cultural Fund, the Aggtelek National Park, the Otto Hermann Museum, Eszakerdo and KOH for their support!

Contact us if you are interested joining our next workshop planned for late October or have any other comments, questions!


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