Gheghie is a locality situated in Bihor county, with a population of 255 inhabitants.

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Gheghie, Castle Zichy

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GPS Coordinates:
47,01602 N, 22,51828 E

The castle in Gheghie, one of the few preserved in good condition, was built in 1860 by former Bishop of Veszprem, Zichy Domokos, who moved to Transylvania after the crushing of the Revolution of 1848 and the execution of his brother Jenő in 1849. He died in 1879.

In 1904, the building was turned into a hunting castle by nephew Zichy Ödön (1874-1967) of the other grof brother, Zichy Ödön, the founder of the Vienna Oriental Culture Museum. The nephew marries in 1907 with Bethlen Gabriella (the successor of Chancellor Bethlen Farkas). In 1918, after World War I, they had to sell the castle. The new owner becomes Gheorghe Mateescu the wallachian boyar, very popular with the locals.

He built a school, donated land for church building, and on Christmas holidays he gave books to children arriving around the common tree. The Mateescu family kept intact the castle interior. The original furniture and the knights' hall were preserved until 1947. One of the boy's sons died of leukemia and the other fell into prison and was dug in Siberia, dying shortly after returning to the country. Old Mateescu died in 1952. After the nationalization, the castle was emptied of furniture and in 1950 it was transformed into a TB sanatorium, which functioned until autumn 2006.

On the right side of the castle stands a beautiful ornate bastion. Above the spiral staircase leading to the tower you can read the year 1904. The castle is surrounded by a beautiful park. The heir of the boyar, his second wife, left his nephew's entire fortune. The succession process between the nephew and the other boyars of blood of the boyar was not completed until 2012.

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