Greeting - Bajna



Let us welcome you, the visitor of Sándor–Metternich Mansion on behalf of the National Heritage Protection and Development Nonprofit Ltd. (NÖF), as well as the National Palace and the National Castle Programme.

In the National Palace and the National Castle Programme, values are preserved with lasting solutions. Not only do we consider the restoration of historic buildings extremely important but also their rebirth; we strive to rehabilitate these structures not only physically, but also mentally.

The snow-white Bajna Mansion, rebuilt in the classicist style based on the plans of József Hild’s and recently renovated both internally and externally, was formerly the home of the “Devil’s Horseman,” Count Móric Sándor, and his family. The Count, who was known for his breathtaking equestrian adventures, based on legend, once even leaped from the balcony of his own mansion and said to have ridden frequently within its walls. Using modern simulation tools, the new, experience-based, interactive exhibition of the renovated main building immerses visitors in the hair-raising jumps and escapades of Móric Sándor. Pauline Metternich-Sándor, the mansion’s latter heir, followed in his father’s footsteps in terms of celebrity: she was a fashion dictator in 19th-century Paris, established a fashion club in Vienna, was offered one of Richard Wagner’s works, and was painted by Edgar Degas. Her dress and sophisticated style were emulated by the ladies of the time. You can also peep into Pauline’s elegant wardrobe in the refurbished rooms of Bajna Mansion.

The murals in the ceremonial halls, painted by Alessandro Sanquirico, set designer of Milan’s Scala, are unique features of the protected monument. The decor of the Etruscan room was inspired by the illustrations of Etruscan vases, while the grotesques of Raffaello’s Vatican loggia inspired the ceiling of the Raffaello Hall. This enormous ceiling image was saved from destruction in the 1970s by diligent labour that fully separated it from the drenched ceiling. After more than 40 years, the restored piece has been returned to its original location. This masterpiece, which may still be seen in the shape in which the Devil’s Horseman beheld it, is worth admiring. 

Have a pleasant cultural experience!

dr. Zsolt Virág

Ministerial Commissioner responsible for the implementation of the National Palace and National Castle Programme – Prime Minister’s Office

Tamás Glázer

managing director
National Heritage Protection and Development Nonprofit Ltd. (NÖF)

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