Sümeg Castle Reopens
The Sümeg Castle, located in Veszprém county, has opened its doors with renewed spaces and an expanded exhibition after three years of renovation works, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
The project "Development of the Sümeg Castle for Tourism" (GINOP-7.1.1-15-2016-00012) was implemented with HUF 1.119 billion of non-refundable EU funding.
Within the framework of the European Capital of Culture program, the Minister of Regional Development, Tibor Navracsics, handed over the keys of the castle to Imre Papp, the castle captain of Sümeg Castle, at a ceremony held this week.
"We Hungarians must take great care not only of our historical events but also of our historical sites. The renewed and thus preserved Sümeg Castle is not a dusty relic of a bygone era, but a symbol that gives substance to our past," said Navracsics at the ceremony.
The castle was renovated with heritage and monument protection in mind, and the development has resulted in a cultural attraction that can be visited all year round. The courtyard is suitable for castle games, jousting tournaments, open-air theater performances, and the interior features a museum with castle models, interactive equipment and a projection room, showing the history of the castle and everyday life in the Middle Ages.
At the opening ceremony, Zsanett Oláh, managing director of the National Heritage Protection Development Nonprofit said, "The castle is a symbol that even in the most difficult times there is hope for a new beginning through faith. The new tourist attractions were built with the support of the European Union."
Regő Lánszki, state secretary for Architecture, added, 'We will do our utmost to ensure that monuments are not only renovated but also brought to life. We believe it is important that they not only showcase our national heritage but also bring it closer to us and respect its original function while becoming cultural and social centers of their vicinity."
The castle opened its doors to visitors on March 29.
Within the National Castle and National Castle Program, a total of 17 castles and 12 fortresses will be renovated nationwide.
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