Hollókő, the UNESCO World Heritage village in northern Hungary, will undergo large-scale development at a cost of about 2 billion forints (EUR 6.5m), mostly financed from European Union funds, the local mayor said.
Hollókő, a world heritage site since 1987, is a picturesque village with two rows of intact village architecture surrounding a small, 13th century castle ruins.Under the announced development project the walking paths would be resurfaced. In the castle, three sections will be roofed and turned into halls and rooms to be fitted with authentic medieval furniture and design, Csaba Szabó, the mayor, said. In the village, houses will be arranged to show rural life and local traditions in an interactive way, the mayor said. There will also be a traditional bakery, a cheese-maker and a dairy portal, presenting the trades to visitors, he said.
The village of Hollókő is an outstanding example of a deliberately preserved traditional settlement. This village, which developed mainly during the 17th and 18th centuries, is a living example of rural life before the agricultural revolution of the 20th century. Located about 100 km north-east of Budapest, Hollókő is a small rural community whose 126 houses and farm buildings, strip-field farming, orchards, vineyards, meadows and woods cover 141 ha. The village and the surrounding area are given the same protection as a historic monument such as the castle.
source: hungarymatters.hu and whc.unesco.org photo: wikimedia