Hollókő Castle: Reconstruction Completed At World Heritage Site
Ferenc Sullivan 2015.05.05.
After around a year’s work, the reconstruction of the mediaeval castle at the village of Hollókő in northern Hungary has been completed and is now open to visitors. Open days will be held in the newly-renovated castle this weekend to welcome visitors in the village in Nógrád county, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987, the director of the company responsible for the castle’s maintenance said.
As a result of reconstruction, the castle’s tower, which had been closed to tourists since the monument opened to visitors in 1996, has become accessible, Péter Kelecsényi said. The exhibition includes a 13th-century dining hall, the castle captain’s chambers, kitchens, a blacksmith’s workshop and two outbuildings, along with a 3D movie on the construction of the castle.
The castle closed to visitors last June, when reconstruction works to restore its original mediaeval condition was begun. The village is hosting an investment totalling close to HUF 2 billion, under which the reconstruction of the castle was also carried out. The development is expected to be completed by October this year.
The earliest parts of Hollókő Castle date from the 13th century. It was conquered by the Turks in 1552 and had been decaying for centuries before archaeological works started on the site in the 1960s.