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THE ABANDONED CASTLE IN HUNGARY

‘Schossberger-kastély’ was an abandoned castle in Tura, a small village in Hungary. It was designed by architect Gyula Bukovics. In 2020 a luxury hotel was opened in the old castle.

The very first mention of the village Tura is dated 1220. At that time the Ákos family owned the town. In 1425 one of the family’s descendants, Miklós Ördög Prodavizi, gave the estate to King Sigismund in exchange for other properties.

Until 1873 Tura was owned by the Esterházy family. But in 1873 local businessman and baron Sigmund Schossberger bought the property. He built the castle we know today. The castle was ready 1883 and used as a summer residence. The building lies in the middle of a 10-hectare park. For a long time, there was a belief that Miklós Ybl was the architect, but in one of the publications of a local newspaper published in 1885, Gyula Bukovics was mentioned as the architect. The architect from Prague moved in 1868 to Budapest, where he joined Miklós Ybl and soon became the head of his design office.

Béla Bartók

In 1906, the important musical composer Béla Bartók lived here. During the Second World War German officers used the castle for housing. It was used as a war hospital in 1945. In 1946, it became a primary school. It was named a national monument in 1958.

The castle was a primary school until 1973, after which it was abandoned. It became owned by a public company and has been sold and bought several times since the 1980’s.

The castle was rented for filming the 2008 movie ‘The Secret of Moonacre’. The new owner, Hungarian entrepreneur Tiborcz István transformed Schossberger into a five star hotel. They added a second wing, and a conference room, a luxury restaurant and over 100 rooms. These photos of ‘Schossberger-kastély’ were taken in 2015.

Built 1883
Abandoned 1991
Reconverted 2020
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The Schossberger Castle, also known as Castle Tura.
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The castle was built according to the plans of Gyula Bukovics at the end of the 19th century.
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The castle was a lost place for many years, but is a luxury hotel today.
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It was built using the most advanced construction technologies and techniques of its time.
Construction of the castle began in 1883.
In the Second World War, it became first a German headquarter, then a Soviet headquarter, and later a hospital.
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The castle had central heating, electricity and individual insulation.
A portrait on the stairway.
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The castle was used as a school until 1973.
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It was declared a monument on January 1, 1958.
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Long corridor in the abandoned castle.
The flight of stairs.
Renovation of the building began in 2005 and will be completed by the first quarter of 2019.
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The roof with skylight.
The architect designed the castle in a French Neo-Renaissance style.
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The design is inspired by Halton House in Buckinghamshire, designed for Alfred de Rothchild by William Rogers in 1883.
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