Bory Castle

Bory Castle

Between the first and the Second World War, in a suburb still covered by vineyards, on the Öreghegy (old hill) Jenő Bory an architect from Fehérvár began building a castle in 1923 on top of an artificial hill. There are very few artists who had managed to build their own memorial and museum in their lifetime but Jenő Bory is one of them.

The story of the castle starts in 1912 when Jenő Bory bought an area of two acres in the Mary Valley near Székesfehérvár where there was only a press-house. He spent the summers here with his family. Then came the war with its detour which prompted him to begin building at home. Jenő Bory regarded the castle as his own piece of art, not so much a building but rather a statue. His house developed without comprehensive plans and over the years it spread. This oversized home with its seemingly autotelic ornaments is a very peculiar example of symbolic architecture in Hungary. Even the layout of the castle is symbolic, it centres around two notions: the chapel of marital love and his workshop symbolising the two cornerstones of the life of Jenő Bory. One can find many hundreds of statues in the building made with numerous techniques. The walls are covered with paintings. Mosaics, glass-paintings and ornamental fountains appear in the most unexpected places both inside and out. The buildings were not conceived on the drawing-board but were developed on the spot as poetic details of the underlying idea. Bory the planning architect was also the building supervisor, the foreman and the bricklayer, too. With the help of a few simple workmen he built, expanded, ornamented and enriched this beautiful creation from 1923 until the day he died in 1959. From the dungeon of the castle to the viewing tower the greatest difference is 30 meters. There are seven towers, thirty bigger and smaller rooms amongst them three workshops and there are statues, pictures, antiques and objects of art everywhere. On the corridors running around the hundred-column court of the castle stand the great characters of Hungarian history, heroes, minstrels and kings from Grand Prince Árpád to Sebestyén Tinódi Lantos.

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Address: 8000 Székesfehérvár, Máriavölgyi út 54.
Email: info@bory-var.hu
Payment options: Credit card or cash
Opening hours: From April to November
Phone: +36 22 305 570