In the last few weeks we have been preparing the next archaeological session which is going to be held on the first week of August. We are looking forward this gathering in every single year because this is the most important week for us. We can come together to dig out treasures from trenches. Year by year we work so hard around the Castle from morning to night but still, year by year we are looking forward that exciting week.
2016 is a special year in our life because our Friendship became 10 years old which is a turning point. Many old plans became reality therefore it would be great to evoke them. So now we are organising how to remember the 10th anniversary in August. First of all we are making interviews with our oldest members who tell their stories about the Castle, the group and the friendship. These reminiscences are available in our website in Hungarian (www.szadvar.hu). Our new brochure has been issued. This small illustrated booklet shows a slice from our hard working days, our greatest successes and also our newly estimated goals for short and long terms. The brochure shows our awards which motivate us to carry on our efforts.
In March we had a quiet but very useful weekend around the stronghold. The 20th ‘Save the Castle Days’ were very successful. An enthusiastic group piled up the stones which fell off the walls next to the walking path of the south side of the remains. These stones can be used later to enforce the dangerous remains.
Some members of Friends of Szádvárwent to Slovakia in May for a study tour to visit some renovations. Our group has a friendly cooperation with Kapusany and Nagysáros castles. It was time to look up to them how they moved forward since our last visit. They labour has impressed and inspired us. They give us some good and useful ideas which are achievable in Szádvár, too. We invited our dear friends to come to our archaeological week event.
Than also in May it was a gathering in a small park in Hungary where the most famous historical castle’s miniatures can be found. That was honourable to us to place and show to the public our dearly beloved Szádvár Castle’s miniature too. During our representative stay in the park we also sold some copy from the brochure. This amount is going to be spent to the archaeological excavation.
So we diligently organising our next move in August. We would be delighted to invite as many friends as we could to work to celebrate and make a future together to Szádvár Castle.
The last three months have been silent but active times for the Friends of Szadvar. There is no event organized for the winter but we must be prepared for the forthcoming activities. We sharpen our axes and scissors as well as doing the paperwork in the background.
It’s going to be 10 years in October since our organization started! We are preparing a brochure about our achievements and the work have been done for Szadvar in these years (in Hungarian). Let us share some facts and numbers which will be mentioned in that publication:
Feedback: Friends of Szadvar have been awarded 3 times by different National Organizations.
Our next event, the 20th ‘Save the Castle Days’ is coming up between March 12-15th. We are really excited about this as quite a few people thought at the beginning we could make it through these years and get to the 20th consecutive event – not mentioning our summer excavation camps and conferences.
Again, we can touch the stones of the castle and share some beautiful days in work with our friends and supporters who volunteer their time and efforts to our goal. We know we are not alone. When we look around on the castle hill we will know: somewhere beyond those high mountains there are a few who care about Szadvar and its fate. People who are generously willing to help.
Let us thank you with some photos of Szadvar by night (by Gabor Bubenko).
Friends of Szadvar left no stones unturned.
1688. The Austrian Empire sent forces to Szadvar to set the proud and strong towers and walls of the castle on fire. They probably used explosives as well in certain parts of the castle to bring it to ruin and useless for the potential Hungarian rebellion.
Many stones were falling off the huge walls. The ones which remained were beaten by the rain and the winds and were fallen later.
In the next 3 centuries the majority of the castle stones were taken from the mountain to the valley and re-used by the people from the surrounding villages like the famous unpeopled Derenk. They used them to build their houses, fences, bridges. Derenk was unpeopled after 1938 so the people from Szögliget tore down the houses and used the stones of Szadvar again to build their houses.
2015. The Szadvar area had a beautiful autumn weekend on the 23-24th of October. All the colors and scents of the forest were surrounding a small group of enthusiastic people from around the country again. A group which climbed up to the castle mountain again to enjoy the autumn landscape and to help the ruins to rise from the surrounding forest. A group which was formed to save the castle of Szadvar.
We left no stones unturned. Although we were not looking for any articles this time since the excavations are already over for this year. But during the 19th “Save the Castle Days” the stones of Szadvar were moving again. Of course not the ones built in the houses long ago. But the ones still resting on the castle mountain were moved from under the walls down next to the passageway. It is needed to be prepared for the possible excavations and conservations in the future.
You cannot get blood from a stone. But we think each stone of Szadvar has seen a lot and has a heart inside. We believe Global Giving does give us the opportunity to get help to save this part of the Hungarian history and heritage. Thank you for your help in the name of the people who believes in it and contributes to saving the castle. Saving Szadvar and the heart in its stones.