Várak, romok helyreállítása *** Conservation of Castles and Ruins


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The article presents the conservation practice of castles and ruins. While for the conservation works under the National Inspectorate of Historic Monuments scientific validation and inventive modernist architecture were primary features, signs of hesitation have risen recently. The romantic expectations of the public – coupled in some cases with the researchers’ exaggerated confidence – have shifted the earlier practice towards reconstruction. The article illustrates, with the help of examples, the abuses occurring during conservation works, as well as the attempt to balance the different tendencies.
Keywords: castles, ruins, conservation, reconstruction, renewed conservation, authenticity, public expectation