Castle Teleki from Gornești

The last owner of the castle was Count Teleki Mihály (1908-1988) and his wife Countess Tisza Aimée (1914-1991). During and after the World War II, the castle was devastated and in 1949 it was nationalized. It was then transformed into a nursing home for children until 2011, from which time it again has been repossessed by the existing Teleki family. It is the so called Grassalkowich style, its main features being the „U” form, a large dome in the middle and a festivity hall beneath. The walls and the ceiling of the festivity hall have been painted since the beginning of the XIX. century. Above the entrance door and the door leading to the loggia one can see the painted weapons of the family. But the three chandeliers of Murano glass are the most impressive remains of the former wealth. The park got its actual form at the beginning of the XIX century.Valuable and rare trees were planted, like the ginkgo-biloba (right from the main entrance), lime, willow ,oak-trees and cypresses. Part of the former ditch became a lake with a small island in the middle.Once there were swans there too. The Margit spring cherishes the memory of Countess Géza Teleki born Countess Margit Bethlen. There are grotesque sculptures around the lake representing some famous figures of the French revolution, like Mirabeau, Les dames des halles (market women) and Louis XVI. There are some other sculptures in the park representing ancient gods and goddesses: Ganymedes on the left, in front of the bridge, Bacchus and Ceres to the left and right of the main entrance, Neptun , Pan , Venus in the park behind the castle. They were brought to Gernyeszeg in the early 20th from Budapest by Count Domokos Teleki. The castle can be visited each day between 10 AM and 6 PM. For a guided tour please contact us.

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