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May 26, 2015

Springtime activities at Szadvar

Exhibition Cabinet of the Friends of Szadvar
Exhibition Cabinet of the Friends of Szadvar

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.

Remember: the Castle is Yours!

Pile up stones!
Pile up stones!
Pile up more stones!
Pile up more stones!
Pile up stones for construction.
Pile up stones for construction.
Cutting twigs from the walls
Cutting twigs from the walls
Lunchtime!
Lunchtime!
The Team of the 18th 'Save the Castle Days'
The Team of the 18th 'Save the Castle Days'

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Feb 18, 2015

The Snow-capped Szadvar

Szadvar's walls from the South
Szadvar's walls from the South

Regular report of the Szadvarert Barati Kor (Friends of Szadvar) association

 

 Wintertime is usually not active for the castle savers. This is the time of preparation and making plans for the next year. But one may also go up to the castle hill and take some beautiful shots of the ruins covered with snow. Let us take you on a walk to the breathtaking snow-capped Szadvar.

 The 2nd phase of the preservation of the Csonka Tower has been finished. Now the walls are reinforced and the tower got a roof which does not let the rain and the snow get into the building and wear down the old structure. The planned lookout and the tools storage in the building was still not realized due to the limited funds. Now we are preparing the plans what should be the next step. You can also see some pictures of the Csonka Tower attached.

 Friends of Szadvar have planned to install benches and information boards around the castle as well. There are quite a few people hiking around the area that may or may not know about the castle. So we believe it will help a lot to make Szadvar better known. Now it is under preparation and we hope that we can set them up during this year.

 Our forthcoming event is the 18th Save the Castle Days on March 12-14th. It is traditionally the time to cut the bushes from the walls and we will also collect the loose stones around the castle bailey to prepare for this year’s conservations works.

 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.

 Remember: the Castle is Yours!

Approaching Szadvar's gate from SE
Approaching Szadvar's gate from SE
The outer bailey from the Castle's former gate
The outer bailey from the Castle's former gate
View to the south towards the village Szogliget
View to the south towards the village Szogliget
The south wall (this part was reinforced in 2012)
The south wall (this part was reinforced in 2012)
The 2 storey Cybilla cellar
The 2 storey Cybilla cellar
The top of the Csonka Tower from the south
The top of the Csonka Tower from the south
The Csonka Tower from the East
The Csonka Tower from the East

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Nov 18, 2014

Rain and Gain

Regular report of the Szadvarert Barati Kor (Friends of Szadvar) association

11/17/2014

 The castle hill of Szadvar is surrounded by beautiful mountains and peaceful valleys which stand guard not only against the enemies but against extreme weather sometimes. Well, it was not the case on the long weekend of 23 - 26th October when the people gathered for the 17th Save the Castle Days event in Szögliget.  Although we did not have to worry that some enemy would reach the village or the castle but a strong cyclone brought extreme rainy weather around the area for a couple of days.

 So the people who arrived to work on the Castle had some time to look around and visit the “Intezo haz” (Governor’s House) in the village. This is one of the oldest buildings of Szögliget and it was recently renovated and restored in its 18th century state. The house is very interesting in itself but for us it’s special because this is the place where the exhibition about Szadvar and its excavations will soon be located. The display cabinets which will show the findings and documents are already installed. The Herman Otto Museum at Miskolc agreed to lend some of the most interesting articles we found during the excavations of Szadvar in the last few years. We are really looking forward to seeing the results of our hard work and we believe that the more people will see it the more volunteers may be involved in the future.

 We have also had the opportunity to visit the near village Tornaszentandras where the Romanesque style Church of Saint Andrew built in the 12th century is known as the location of the wooden altar of Szadvar’s former chapel. So this time the volunteers could see and touch something which was once part of that great castle they are trying to save for the future.

 The 2nd day the rain stopped in the morning so volunteers could climb up to the castle and start cutting the plants off the walls. But only after a few hours of work the rain started to pour again so we had to leave the castle with some remaining bushes. But some of the volunteers could stay and went up on the 3rd day as well. At least we could clean the cellars and the bushy places which made us satisfied.

 Due to the weather conditions the restoration of the Csonka tower was also processing slowly. But we could see the walls were already reinforced on the inside (to the south) and on the adjacent walls. It will be standing when we go back next year and it will look just as the plans showed in the previous report.

 Please see the attachments for more details.

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