The Szigliget Writers’ House will be renovated, announced dr. Péter Hoppál, László L. Simon and Tibor Hornyák at a press conference in Szigliget. The house in Veszprém country, once an Eszerházy Castle, has served as a retreat for writers since the 50s.
Hungarian greats, like István Örkény, Zoltán Zelk, Lajos Kassák, Ágnes Nemes Nagy, Magda Szabó, János Pilinszky, Ervin Lázár, Sándor Weöres and Milán Füst all visited this house at one point in their careers, some were regular visitors, relaxing and writing in this reclusive environment. Apart from literature, from the 70s’ painters, sculptors, artisans, photographers and composers also discovered this wonderful building.
The Esterházy Castle is set to be completely renovated, and writers and artists, following the footsteps of the greats, can once again begin to create art in this wonderful environment. The renovation is financed by the National Fund for Culture and own funds, as construction began in 2013 and has come to completion recently.
Such a project has not been completed in more than 40 years. The renovation’s total budget was EUR 1.4 million (440 million HUF), as the building will be restored to its original glory, complete with statues and unique ornaments. The Writers’ House will now have a maximum capacity of 85 people.