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.
Friends of Szadvar proudly presents the Gate Tower of the inner bailey! At least what is remained …
The summer excavations were more extensive in 2015 than any year before. This summer the breathtaking ruins of the Inner Bailey’s Gate Tower had revealed and rose from under the ground. The enormous curb stones on both sides gave us some idea about the size of the original building. Under the gate we have found the remains of a pit and probably a draw-bridge.
Finally we could see what may be still lying under the ground. There may be several buildings hidden under the small hills between the visible walls of Szadvar today.
We had the opportunity to work together with some experts from the Herman Otto Museum (Miskolc) for 6 weeks during July and August. Some members of our Association could join the excavations in July. But the traditional summer camp was held in August, attended by many volunteers, students and children from around the country.
Of course not only the spectacular remains of the Gate Tower but other parts of the Castle were investigated. The so-called “Bebek’s Gate” may have been an earlier entrance to the castle. One curb stone is still in its original place in the wall as well. Also, the entrance and the original vaulting of the cellar under the Commander’s house were discovered. The first carved stone window frames were also found in Szadvar this year.
Some of the most beautiful findings from the Commander’s house are shown in the attached picture. We can now imagine the lovely tile stoves which were decorating the rooms of Szadvar once.
Again, we do appreciate all your support!
Remember: the Castle is Yours!
Friends of Szadvar gathered again on the castle hill for the 18th Save the Castle Days on March 12-14th. The weather was again not in our favor so the volunteers had to wear their raincoats every day. It does not take away the enthusiasm as much because the landscape is still spectacular and the fresh air is still something which keeps the city people taking deep breaths the whole day…
But the paths become muddy and the walls become slippery which makes the work not only harder but even more dangerous. Since the castle is on the top of the hill it is not safe to stay during thunderstorms. That is why after a few hours of hard work the volunteers were asked to leave the castle on both days.
Still we had managed to pile up the loose stones around the outer castle bailey. It not only looks better now but it makes easier and safer for the visitors to walk up to the the walls on the North side of the outer bailey. It is also important to pile up the stones for the forthcoming conservations works.
The other team had cut the twigs and sprigs from the walls. The remaining roots growing in the walls and between the rocks under the walls provide us work to do every time we go back to the ruins.
The bad weather on the other hand provided an opportunity for us to take the time and fill the cabinet in the exhibition hall in the oldest building in Szögliget, the ‘Governor’s house’. Now the visitors can see the awards and some other interesting photos, prints from the past of ‘Friends of Szadvar’. Later this year the most interesting findings from the Szadvar excavations will be placed in the other Cabinet next to it.
Now we are preparing for our next event which is going to be the summer excavation between August 3-9th. We expect up to 50-60 people to join us during this week. This year we will continue exploring the eastern buildings of the inner bailey which we started to dig out last year.
If you have the chance you should come and visit Szadvar next to the village Szögliget, Hungary. We will proudly show you the achievements we have already made – with your help of course. We appreciate all your support and we do our best to use your money to save the most of what remained of Szadvar.