Bethlen Castle, Bahnea
  • Contact information

    Contact Person: Melinda Borsos, Árva Bethlen Kata Foundation
    Address: Bahnea, Republicii Street nr. 55, Mureș County, Romania
  • Opening Times

    The castle can be visited upon request. Please contact the castle via the previous contact details.
  • Short history of the building

    In 1545, the castle built by Bethlen Farkas was transformed by Bethlen Elek. This transformation took place approximately between 1679 and 1719. That was when a rectangular fortress surrounding the castle, containing a stone wall, an octagonal bastion and a massive gate-tower at its four corners, was born. The Bethlen Castle is a three-storey building - cellar, ground floor and upper floor - with 42 rooms. The building has a rectangular plan, which is defined by a central risalit, and to the north by a corner pavilion and a wing attached to it. The exterior of the castle can be classified as Romantic, while the carpentry of the castle reminds of the Neo-Renaissance and Romantic styles. In 1948, after the nationalization, the castle started to deteriorate rapidly. Today, the fortress' character has completely disappeared. During communism, the castle hosted various public institutions. After the change of regime in 1989, the castle started its continuous deterioration. In 2008, Bethlen Fruzsina, the daughter of Bethlen Ádám, regained the castle and after the removal of its property, she donated the castle to the Reformed Church of Bahnea.
  • Access

    The locality of Bahnea is on the route between Târnăveni and Bălăuşeri, at a distance of 12 km from Târnăveni and 35 km from Târgu Mureş.
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  • Services

    The village has a guesthouse which can host up to 20 people. The locality of Cund also offers accommodation possibilities.
  • Other things to visit

    Besides the castle, another attraction of the locality of Bahnea is the Reformed Church, built in the 15th century. At a distance of only 4 km from the village is the Barabássy Manor in Idrifaia. Also nearby is the locality of Dumbrăveni, where the Apaffi Castle and the Armenian-Catholic Church are located. 5 km from Idrifaia, in the village of Mica, there are the Italian vineyards called Villa Vinea. The nearby Saxon villages are also very popular among tourists.
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