Kendy-Kemény Castle, Brâncovenești
Contact informationContact Person: Géza Nagy KeményAddress: BRÂNCOVENEȘTI, Castle Street (str. Castelului) nr. 215., Mureș County, RomaniaPhone: +40 741225141Website: www.marosvecs.com
Opening TimesThe castle is open for visitors daily between 10:00 – 18:00. Upon request, the owners of the castle offer guidance in several languages. Please, contact the owners of the castle by phone before your arrival. Entrance fee: 15 RON for adults, 7 RON for children.
Short history of the buildingThe present castle was built at the beginning of the 15th century, by the noble Losonczi family. Over the next 150 years, the estate changed several owners. In 1610 the estate was owned by Gábor Bethlen, the Prince of Transylvania, and later it became the property of I. Rákóczi György. In the year of 1648, II. György Rákóczi gave the property consisting of five villages to János Kemény, the chief advisor of the prince. In the next three centuries, the owner of the estate was the Kemény family. In 1926, the last baron who bore the name of his ancestor, János Kemény, invited 28 of the most prominent literary personalities of the time, thus Helikon Transylvanian Cultural Community was founded in the Castle of Brâncovenești. From then on, for twenty years, the castle of Brâncovenești became the center of literary meetings. The castle was not damaged during the Second World War, however when the family left the estate, the local population plundered the estate. After 1949, the castle became home for children with severe mental disabilities. The descendants of the Kemény family succeeded in regaining the castle.
AccessBrâncovenești is located at 38 km from Târgu Mureș and at 11 km after Reghin along the national road nr. 15 towards Deda. The castle is located in the northern part of the locality. There is parking place for both cars and busses in the castle garden. Moreover, it is easy to get to Brâncovenești by train as well, the castle is at only a 10-minutes walking distance from the train station.
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ServicesThe owners of the castle offer guided tours in the castle, and they organize tours and excursions upon request as well. Moreover, there is possibility to have coffee or lunch upon request. The castle park is suitable for hosting events like conferences, wedding ceremonies, children camps, artists meetings etc. The owners of the castle manage a pension in the old hunting lodge close to the castle. The pension can host up to 24 guests.
Other things to visitIn Brâncovenești, we recommend you to visit the Calvinist Chruch dated from the 17th century, the local museum and the old mill. At about 30 km from Brâncovenești, there is a beautiful mountain peak of Călimani Mountain called The Seat of the Lord, which offers a great view. Furthermore, there are several mineral water springs in the region worth visiting. The historical city of Reghin is located at only 11 km from Brâncovenești, and it is a must see for tourists. Moreover, we can highly recommend you to visit the Teleki Castle in Gornești (at about 25 km) and the Urmánczy Castle in Toplița (at about 60 km).