Living in the Past 3

Béla Török

Budapest, Hungary

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After the death of Erzsébet Czobor, the widow of György Thurzó, the castle became property of Thurzó’s daughters, who entrusted its administration to an elected administrator. Because of changes in politics, society and economy the castle gradually lost its functions. Only some clerks stayed and the uninhabited and disused parts of the castle gradually declined. The greatest catastrophe affected the castle in 1800, when a gigantic fire destroyed all wooden parts of the castle. The objects from the Lower Castle could be saved after the fire because they had been under cover by shingles. However, the objects from the Middle and Upper Castle were not saved until 1861.

To find a use for the historical object, Ödön Zichy, the administrator of the property (Kompossesorat) organized a foundation, which had the aim to erect a regional museum of Orava. The first exposition took place at the Thurzo Palace in 1868. Nowadays, the Orava Museum is one of the oldest in Slovakia. Its most attractive expositions are those of the Castle Chapel, the Knights’ Room, and several rooms with style furnishing. Further highlights include the Painting Gallery, the Weapon room, and the scientific, ethnographic and archaeological collections.
At the turn of nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the castle became severely ramshackle. Joseph Pálffy organized major repairs. Walls were fortified with iron bars in the area of the third gate and in the tunnel. Pálffy also set himself to restoring the interior. Some rooms received wooden tiles and style furnishing. In the Knights’ Room Joseph Pálffy had wall paintings restored and completed by the German painter Maximilian Mann from Munich.

After the Second World War Orava Castle was again generously renovated, and it was declared a national cultural monument in 1953.

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