Diplomat István Ugron’s calendar-castle in Zau de Campie opens its doors for one month

The Ugron Castle in Zau de Campie, north-central Mures County, will open its doors every weekend for a month, during which the AntePortum Association will organize guided tours for those who want to learn about the history of this building, now under the administration of the Mures County Museum.

“Zau de Campie is a charming village in the heart of the Transylvanian Plain, about an hour’s drive from both Targu Mures and Cluj-Napoca. Here the diplomat István Ugron built a castle in the early 1910s. He was a true cosmopolitan, working in Turkey, Egypt, Italy, America and Russia, and spoke seven languages in addition to Hungarian and German. There are several legends that try to explain the reason for building this romantically beautiful castle. One says that István Ugron was in love with a French lady and hoped that the castle would persuade her to move to Transylvania, while the other tells a similar story about the Russian tsar’s daughter. Those interested in the truth and other stories are invited to a tour of the castle on Sunday, September 17. An expert will recount the history of the estate and of the family, the fascinating life and career of István Ugron, the construction of the castle and all the interesting facts about it. Visitors will be able to admire the exterior decor of the building and then enter the rooms to imagine what life was like here 100 years ago,” the AntePortum Association announced on Wednesday.

Ugron Castle is said to have been built from 1911 onwards, over three years, according to the principles of a calendar: it would have 365 windows, as many days as there are in a year, four towers to mark the four seasons, 52 rooms, as many weeks as there are in a year, seven terraces, as many days as there are in a week, and 12 halls, as many months as there are in a year.

Participation in the tour of the castle in Zau de Campie is free but requires prior registration, with the first guided tour scheduled for September 17 at 11.00 am from the castle courtyard.

The AntePortum Association was founded in 2019, with the aim of preserving and promoting the intellectual and built heritage.