The Mudrány Mansion

According to written records, the first member of Mudrány family, a wine merchant, was a native of Szepesi County, who settled here during the uprising led by Francis II Rákóczi. During the 19th century, András Mudrány, dying without heirs, foundered the Reformed Church building. He used the church as parsonage and since 1980, after restoration, it has become an exhibition space of the Museum of Nyíregyháza András Jósa presenting art and decorative arts collection of the institution in terms of a reconstructed interior. The mansion was declared a monument of architecture in 1987. The exhibition presents the daily life of the mansion and furnishings belonging to specific curiae of small nobles. Mudrány mansion was built in the late 18th century and has specific plan of noble curiae in eastern Hungary at that time. The building plan is symmetrical: the left and right horizontal axis there are strung rooms similar as size and spatial arrangement. The hall has three doors, one of which provides access to the old dining room, the other two for the bedrooms. Next to the two bedrooms there are two living rooms, one for men and one for women, both serving as guestrooms. Except the kitchen and the lobby, the rooms were decorated with frescoes: in the four corners of the painted ceiling, surrounded by decorative frames, there are the portraits of great personalities of Hungarian history, some of them unearthed during the rehabilitation of the building

Within the framework of the Castellum project, a new interior exhibition in 4 rooms has been established, which aims to introduce to the public the cultural life and material heritage of the gentry of the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. This includes a 19th century dining room, an entrance hall, a man's study and a lady's interior, which introduce visitors to the then very popular Biedermeier and the co-existing art and arts and craft styles of earlier periods. Besides the 4-rooms interior exhibition, in 2 rooms the history of the mansion and the village as well as of the motte-and bailey is presented to the visitors in a thematic exhibition.

During the planning of the exhibitions, great emphasis was put on interactivity. With the help of a touch screen computer visitors can get to know the exhibited items in detail, and they can even build a motte-and bailey on the plotting board.

The refurbished Mudrány mansion with the motte-and bailey of Szabolcs, the Árpadian church, the statue of chief Szabolcs and the bank of the river Tisza is a true tourist sight, which offers plenty of substantial programmes for a day trip.

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