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The reconstruction and development of the Esterházy Castle in Pápa, 2009-2015

The name of Judit Bernadett Kaló was first linked to the Esterházy Castle in 1996, and after a thorough research work she started to elaborate the plan of the reconstruction. The renovation works were completed in several phases, now Phase II and III is going to be presented since their result is that today the building can be visited again.

In the second phase, the row of rooms on the first floor of the north wing was restored with a Baroque-Rococo aristocratic interior character, realized with the support of the Norway NGO Fund, becoming a real spectacle. In connection, the additional hospitality spaces e.g. cloakroom, sanitary facilities, ticket office were also completed on the ground floor, as well as the accessibility of the rooms upstairs.

Esterházy Castle in Pápa - architect: Judit Bernadett Kaló - photo: Tibor Zsitva

In the third phase completed in 2015, the complex rehabilitation made the castle appropriate for tourism, enabled its environmentally friendly operation and expanded it with family-friendly features. Where it was possible, the goal was to restore the 18th-century spatial structure as authentically and detailed as possible.


Esterházy Castle in Pápa - architect: Judit Bernadett Kaló - photo: Tibor Zsitva

At spots where this was impossible, the architects kept the spaces which were built in the 19th century (e.g. the Hall of Predecessors). The design phase included site surveys (architect, archaeologist, art historian, painter, stone and wood sculptor, metal restorer, and science professional), studying inventories, using the results of archive photos archive photos, archival research, previous local historical and museum publications, and a common way of thinking of the professionals. Virtually everything was renewed during the restoration works, and the palace stands in its old glory again. 




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