| Sep 1, 2015
The Gate to the old Szadvar
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!
Digging the Gate
Volunteers at work
Stove tiles, cannon ball piece and an iron lock...