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The reconstruction of the St. András castle

With significant investment to acquire and save the destruction of a small outback mansion on someone's own is an exceptional, challenging task for both builders and designers. The lead designer, Sándor Dévényi talked about the renovation of Szt. András castle.

In Hungary there are a lot of abandoned castles. Many of them were built characteristically in the turn of the XIX. - XX. centuries, the years of the economic recovery, they do not have historic preservation. The few ones which survived the expulsion of their owners after World War II, were used as offices for agricultural co-operatives, temporary housing or hospitals until the end of communism. After this they became deserted, most of them started to decay rapidly. Thus the renovation of the once Nagy-Szakách castle in Bölcske, Szt. András puszta has great importance.

St. András castle - architect: Sándor Dévényi - photo: Tibor Zsitva

The rooms on the ground floor were restored to their original condition, on the first floor a conference room and guestrooms were established. Under the single-storey wings of the castle, a cellar were built, where a small champagne factory will operate. The creating of the castle garden is a future project.


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