Royal Castle at Săvârșin

Royal Castle at Săvârșin
Location - Săvârșin, Arad County, Romania
Beneficiary - Royal House of Romania
Description - Restauration of facades and roof

About the Royal Castle at Savarsin

Savarsin Castle (Romanian: Castelul Savarsin) is a large Country house situated in Savarsin Park, a 6.5 hectare private land owned by former King Michael I of Romania in Savarsin, Arad County, Transylvania, Romania.
It is King Michael’s official country residence in Romania where the statutes defining the role and powers of the Royal Family are signed.
Savarsin formerly known as Forray Castle was owned by various Hungarian magyar noble families for three centuries during the territory owned by the Kingdom of Hungary until the size of the Romanian United Principalities had expanded. In mid-18th century, at the center of the estate on which the current Royal Castle lies, there was a building raised in western baroque style (dating from 1680), that belonged to the Edelspacher de Gyorok noble family. After having been set on fire in November 1784 by the peasants in the uprise led by Horia, Closca and Crisan, and needed being restored from the foundations, the castle had various owners, till 1858 when it became the possession of Leopold Nadasdy, the one who re-built it in its present form in 1860.
In 1941, following an exchange of properties, the Castle becomes the property of Mocioni-Starcea family, who prepared the Castle for “Crown weekends”; in 1943, the Castle became the property of King Michael I, who was the king of Romania at that time and bought the Castle from the Crown property as a gift for his mother Queen Helen.