Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary

by Friends of Szadvar (Szadvarert Barati Kor)
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Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
Szadvar castle project and youth camp, Hungary
in the miniature park
in the miniature park

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.

in the miniature park
in the miniature park
an enthusiastic group
an enthusiastic group
'Save the Castle' days in March
'Save the Castle' days in March
to wisit our slovakian friend in Kapusany
to wisit our slovakian friend in Kapusany
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Szogliget from Szadvar by night (G. Bubenko)
Szogliget from Szadvar by night (G. Bubenko)

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:

  • Landscaping: cutting the trees in the baileys and bushes off the walls since 2006.
  • Measurements: geodetical and 3D scanning of the ruins and the castle hill since 2008.
  • Archeology: initiate and help the excavations by the Museum in the outer, middle and inner baileys since 2008.
  • Communication: get publicity for the castle in the printed and electronic media. Placing local information signs for the tourists since 2007.
  • Fundraising: donations through Global Giving and other channels since 2008.
  • Conservation: systematically strengthen walls and the remains of buildings since 2008.
  • Connections: coordinate and build fruitful relationship with local authorities, national institutions as well as other similar civil organizations to help each other’s work and achievements.

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.

You.

Let us thank you with some photos of Szadvar by night (by Gabor Bubenko).

Szogliget through a porthole (G. Bubenko)
Szogliget through a porthole (G. Bubenko)
Szadvar by night (G. Bubenko)
Szadvar by night (G. Bubenko)

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19th Save the Castle Days
19th Save the Castle Days

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.

Moving stones...
Moving stones...
Tourists also enjoyed the view
Tourists also enjoyed the view
Ruins in the Fall
Ruins in the Fall

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The Gate and the draw bridge
The Gate and the draw bridge

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!

 

Best Regards,

Digging the Gate
Digging the Gate
Volunteers at work
Volunteers at work
Stove tiles, cannon ball piece and an iron lock...
Stove tiles, cannon ball piece and an iron lock...
Evening presentations
Evening presentations

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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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Location: Szogliget, Hungary - Hungary
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