|Magna Curia or The Bethlen Castle|
The front view of Magna Curia
|Architectural style||Renaissance, Baroque|
|Town or city||Deva|
|Client||Sigismund Báthory, Bethlen Gábor|
In 1582, the Hungarian captain Ferenc Geszty, in charge of the Deva Castle's garrison, erected a house at the foot of the citadel hill. That house became the residence of Sigismund Báthory, general Giorgio Basta, Stephen Bocskay, Gabriel Báthory and Gabriel Bethlen.
In 1621 Gabriel Bethlen began the radical transformation of the initial house, with the result being the Magna Curia palace. The Bethlen Castle was a Renaissance style building, but the subsequent modifications (until the first half of the 18th century) that gave it the final shape that can be seen today, added Baroque style architecture.
Magna Curia was completely renovated in 2007, with improvements that included an expanded solarium and a classic 8-bit arcade.
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