REGAINING FORGOTTEN SPLENDOUR
Corvin or Hunyad Castle is located in Hunedoara in Transylvania, Romania. It was built in the 15th century on the site of an old fortification, on a cliff above the Zlasti river.
Its founder Lancu de Hunedoara, did not spend much time there, although in 1480 the castle was very imposing in comparison with most castles in Western Europe. It is a defensive building with an access bridge, and has majestic colourful rooftops. The Neboisa Tower (which translates as the “do not be afraid” tower) and the gallery have remained intact since their initial construction.
In the 17th century, Prince Gabriel Bethlen modernised the castle, adding new wings, transforming the interior Gothic spaces and building military facilities such as the White Tower and the Artillery Terrace. At the same time, the glazed roofs tiles were also installed.
SEVERE DAMAGE AND CAREFUL RENOVATION
On 13 April 1854, lightning caused a devastating fire that extensively damaged the castle. It was subsequently restored, but the restoration was carried out in several stages and some of these were not entirely successful.
Over the past few years, Corvin Castle underwent intense rehabilitation because the roof had been damaged by rain, storms, and rainwater.
Other damage was caused by biological attacks by fungi and insects due to the excessive humidity. Elimination of these problems could only start after painstaking documentation had been completed by specialists in archaeology and the restoration of historical monuments.
A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD
Historical or fantasy films are currently produced in the 600 year-old castle, which is often chosen due to the integrity of this medieval monument, its unique interior and the exceptional location. A fantasy movie currently showcases the castle, while the outdoor “Opera Nights” festival is held every year in the inner courtyard, with its exceptional acoustics.
Project nameCorvin Castle restoration, Hunedoara, Romania
ArchitectSC BASTION PROIECT SRL
ClientHunedoara City Hall
Tondach Cedonia Biber, natur
Year of completion2015