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Romania Manor houses in Romania (visited 08/2019)

Andy

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During my 13th trip to Romania this summer, I visited several abandoned castles and manor houses again. Some of them were stripped, inaccessible or already in ruins; so I put together a collection of these ones here, because they aren’t worth separate reports.


Castelul Teleki I
The castle was built in the 19th century and served as a summer residence for the Hungarian aristocratic Teleki family. In 1897 the castle was rebuilt and modernized in eclectic style. Until the end of World War II it remained under the administration of Count Teleki Pál (1879-1941) and his descendants. In 1949 the property was nationalized and the family fled to Hungary.
Near the castle, Count Teleki planted a forest of Canadian oaks, which the locals call "the shadow of hell".

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Castelul Teleki II
The castle was built as a hunting lodge by Count Adam Teleki in the 19th century.
By a governmental decision, the building became the property of the “University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine” in 2004. Due to lack of use as well as theft and vandalism, the property increasingly fell into ruin.

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Castelul Contelui Mercy
The property was built in 1733-34 and is one of the oldest noble houses in the Romanian area of the Banat. The namesake Count Florimund Mercy has never lived here, he died on the day of completion. Between 1780 and the 20th century, the mansion changed hands between Spanish and Hungarian noble families. After the Second World War, it was nationalized. The building disintegrates into a ruin, since it has been abandoned in 1991.

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Conacul Hatfaludy / Conacul Marcka
The mansion was built in the 19th century by the Hatfaludy family for their son István. The roof began to collapse in 2016 and has been collapsed almost completely in 2017.

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Castelul Pocol
The castle was built between 1903 and 1904 by Alexiu Pocol, a former teacher who later became wealthy owner of gold mines. Pocol Castle had 13 rooms with paintings and terracotta stoves, today everything is stolen. After nationalization, the castle served as a kindergarten and school, and most recently in 1989 as an orphanage.
Unfortunately the guard of the castle was very rude. He even didn't let us go on the grounds to take some exterior shots, so I could only take two pictures through the fence.

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Castelul Tholdalagi
The architect of the castle, built 1829-30, was Joseph Weixlbraun. The castle library with over 10.000 books on 63m ² was considered one of the most beautiful and largest ones in Transylvania, with incunabula (early book prints and manuscripts from before 1500) and other bibliophile rarities. The last inhabitant of the castle was Jozsef Toldalag, he died in 1943.

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Castelul Ugron
Built between 1908 and 1912 in Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romantic style, the castle is also called "the Calendar Castle". It has 365 windows, such as days a year; 4 towers, such as seasons; 52 rooms, such as weeks; 7 terraces, such as days in a week; and 12 halls, such as months in the year. Until 1954, there was a cereal collection center in the castle, a school between 1954 and 1959, and an economic gymnasium between 1959 and 1962. Since 1963, the castle was used as an orphanage, which was closed in 2012.
The drive to the secluded castle took more than two hours, but unfortunately I was unable to enter it. It was guarded by several biting dogs and a guard was not to be found.

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Castelul Wesselenyi
The construction of the baroque castle started in 1761 and was completed in 1766. After nationalization, it was used as the seat of the town hall and school, today it's abandoned.
Unfortunately, all the doors and windows were locked and no one in the village had the key, so I could only take a bad pic inside through a window.

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Castelul Degenfeld / Castelul Wesselenyi-Kendeffi
The 19th century castle (after nationalization in 1946 used as a school) was abandoned for many years. After the return to the Degenfeld family, the renovation started, and in parts of the castle have been set up guest rooms.
Kindly I was allowed to take a look inside; but unfortunately I wasn't allowed to enter the abandoned areas of the building.

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Castelul Josika
In the 17th century, the mansion with a separate chapel was owned by the Csaki family. After reconstructions in the 18th century, the castle became the property of the family of the Hungarian writer Miklós Jósika Branyicska in 1850. He lived and worked here until 1853. The now partially dilapidated property was in the possession of the Josika family until the expropriation. After nationalization, the building became an office and area was used to repair tractors, today's owner is an agricultural company.

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Conacul Gyertyánffy Andor
The mansion was built in 1795, another noble house of the family from 1825 in the village doesn't exist anymore. Both manor houses had extensive libraries with a total of 6,000 books. The large grain warehouse, which belonged to the second and now disappeared property, was built in the mid-19th century.

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Castelul Teleki III
The construction of the castle started in the second half of the 17th century and was completed in 1700 by Pál Teleki (1677-1731), a philanthropist and follower of Francis Rakoczi II. In retaliation for Rakoczi's support, the imperial army destroys the building. From the old castle remained only the southern hunting tower with a height of approx. 35 m and the gate in front of the church.

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Nice selection Andy. Shame you weren't able to access some of those as they look like they could be epic!
 

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What a fine collection! Nice to see these all together like this too.
 

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Wow thats some amazing architecture there well captured!
 
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