Bory Castle is a real curiosity. The special architectural feature of the castle is that it is made of concrete. The 20th century knights’ castle was constructed by architect and sculptor Jenő Bory over a period of 36 years as a symbol of his eternal love for his wife. In 1923, the architect and sculptor Jenő Bory started to build a castle on an artificial hill in the suburb of Öreghegy, still rural and covered with vineyards in the interwar period. He built the rambling castle in the historicist style for his wife, the painter Ilona Komocsin (1885-1974). A studio, an art gallery and a flat for the artist pair are also located in the castle buildings. Besides their own creations, works by other artists like János Fadrusz (1858–1903), Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch (1863–1920), István Csók (1865–1961) and Vilmos Aba-Novák (1894–1941) are also on permanent display in the castle.

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Founded: 1923-1959
Category: Castles and fortifications in Hungary

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Parvind Singh (3 months ago)
Hungarian history in a monument, produced by a famous architect, painter, artist, poet called Bory. Nice place to visit and explore details about Hungary dynasty and history
Evgeniia Itkina (3 months ago)
interesting exhibition. cool place for photoshoot
Akram Zribi (3 months ago)
Beautiful Castle with nice architecture, have a romantic garden and Beautiful top view. I recommend to visit. Enjoy it
Carla Salcedo Leal (4 months ago)
Good places to go. Nice gardens
Shamil Hasanli (5 months ago)
Bory Castle is one of the must-see places at the town. Unfortunately it is closed in these days. That is why, I was not able to see it from inside, just have a chance to look at our of the fence. It is very magnificent and awesome. Especially, the monuments and other pieces of art in the yard seem so interesting for me.
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