Bánffy Manor House, Ciuguzel
  • Contact information

    Contact Person: Farkas Bánffy
    Address: Ciuguzel nr. 70., Alba County, Romania
  • Opening Times

    The Bánffy Manor House and its garden can be visited at request. For visiting and guidance, please contact the owner of the estate via e-mail and request an appointment.
  • Short history of the building

    The branch of the Bánffy family from Ciuguzel was established in the 18th century, when in 1783, Bánffy János and Tholdalagy Erzsébetet got married, thus the estate bacame a Bánffy property via marriage. The castle has undergone a major renovation in 1937, commisioned by Bánffy (II.) Dániel and his second wife, Zichy Mária Huberta. The castle built in Baroque-style is a two-storey building with a mansard roof. The main and the side facades are very similar: both on the ground-floor and on the mansard roof four windows with Baroque frames can be seen. On the ground-floor of the rear facade, in the central axis of the building a crenellated, ionic columned entrance was built, through which the castle could be approached from the direction of the outbuildings. Upstairs, taking advantage of the terrain, they used a rather unusual solution to connect the mansard roof with the garden by building a bridge-like edifice. The outbuildings were gradually destroyed during the nationalization period. After 1949, the castle functioned as a school for years. The family regained the castle after many lawsuits.
  • Access

    Ciuguzel village is located at 13 km from Aiud. If you are travelling by car from this direction, please follow county road nr 107E towards Ciumbrud, from here please continue through Lăpadea Nouă village. After this village, you need to turn right at the Ciuguzel sign and continue approximately 3 km until you arrive to the village. The manor house is located 350m south from the center of the village.
  • How do I get here?
  • Services

    Aiud city is only about 13 km from Ciuguzel, where there are plenty of  accommodation places, restaurants and cafés available for tourists.
  • Other things to visit

    At only 10 km from Ciuguzel, there is the a Kemény Castle in Ciumbrud village, and at another 2 km from here, there is the recently renovated Bánffy Castle in Sâncrai, which we recommend you to visit. Moreover, in Aiud, there are several monument buildings to see, such as the old fortified Protestant Church, the Bethlen Gábor College dated from the 17th century. Furthermore, the whole region is famous for its wine – there are vineyards and wineries all over the place, therefore a specially designed tourist route called the Road of Wine has been established here.
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