The final bill for Krásna Hôrka Castle has increased five fold

The Culture Ministry proposes to use traditional methods and materials to reconstruct the castle.

Krásna HôrkaKrásna Hôrka (Source: TASR)

The final bill for the reconstruction of Krásna Hôrka Castle, situated in the Košice Region, will be much higher than originally expected.

The government originally planned to spend €8 million on the castle which was destroyed by a fire in 2012. The recent proposal submitted by the Culture Ministry and approved by the government, suggests that the total expense will amount to nearly €35 million.

“The budget is based on available information, the current state of research at Krásna Hôrka, and the project documentation,” said Culture Minister Ľubica Laššáková, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

The work should be completed in 2023, the SITA newswire reported.

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Reconstruction in three phases

The reconstruction will be divided into three phases. During the first phase, the infrastructure will be put in place. This includes engineering networks, parking places, civil facilities in the settlement around the castle and the information centre. It should be completed by December 31, 2021.

In the second phase, the Lower Castle – the so-called Barracks – including the first and second courtyards will be reconstructed. They will also repair the Middle Castle, which includes the Francis Museum, the Rákoczi Wing and reconstruction of the kitchen, the third and fourth courtyards, the bathrooms, exit routes and fortifications. This phase should be completed by December 31, 2022.

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In the final phase, the Upper Castle including the Cannon Terrace, the north-eastern bastion, the Arcade Corridor, the fifth courtyard and the castle well will be repaired. These works are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, SITA reported.

Using traditional and proven methods

The project is also making provision for the inappropriate changes made during the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of 21st century to be removed during the reconstruction. As a result, the castle will regain the look it had from the beginning of the 20th century.

The use of traditional methods and materials will enable the natural and proven functionality of the castle complex’s constructions, while respecting their natural technical and aesthetical attributes, SITA reported.

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The use of traditional technologies and materials is the best way to restore historical architecture, experts agree. It is necessary to observe the rules and timing of respective works.

The reconstruction should also prevent the gradual decay of the castle due to humidity, SITA wrote.

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