The Reformed Diocese of Transylvania announces to the interested public about the submission of the environmental permit request for the project "Drilling wells for water supply at Castel Bethlen," proposed to be located in the village of Bahnea no. 55, in Mureș County.
According to a statement, information regarding the proposed project is available for consultation at the headquarters of the Mureș Environmental Protection Agency in Târgu Mureș, Podeni Street no. 10, daily from Monday, between 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, and Tuesday to Friday, between 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, as well as at the headquarters of Multinvest Antreprenoriat General SRL, Gheorghe Doja Street no. 67, from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Public observations are received daily at the headquarters of the Mureș Environmental Protection Agency, on Mondays, between 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, and from Tuesday to Friday, between 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Recently, on May 25th, at the "Mureșul Imobiliar 2023" conference, the CEO of Multinvest SRL Târgu Mureș, Zsolt Gogolák, stated that the objective in the Bahnea commune would be handed over to the owner this year. Additionally, Zsolt Gogolák mentioned that a hotel will be constructed near the castle to make the objective "a jewel of Mureș County."
"It is a castle par excellence, we believe, because we have worked very hard on it. It is a Category A monument, and the design took a long time, with many studies, and we want to hand over the building this year. If everything is okay, we can move on to the second phase, which is to have a hotel near the castle, to make it a jewel of Mureș County. A place to relax and retreat from the city's madness, a unique tourist attraction. The owner of the castle and the project is the Reformed Church, and they will take care of the further development, while we (Multinvest SRL - Ed.) were the promoters," said the CEO of Multinvest SRL Târgu Mureș at the event organized by the Zi de Zi newspaper and the Transilvania Business economic magazine.
In July 2019, the Zi de Zi newspaper exclusively reported on this project, which involves the renovation of the Bethlen Castle in Bahnea and the construction of a 4-5-star hotel nearby.
"Built-in 1545 by Bethlen Farkas, it was later transformed by Bethlen Elek senior and junior. This transformation took place approximately between 1679 and 1711. At this time, the rectangular fortification surrounding the castle was established, which included a stone wall, an octagonal bastion tower, and a gate tower at the four corners. In the 19th century, the politician Bethlen Farkas carried out the last important phase of construction, with modifications to the building and the addition of a balcony in the early 20th century. Bethlen Castle is a three-level building, with a basement, ground floor, and upper floor, containing 42 rooms. The building has an elongated rectangular plan, defined by a central risalit, and to the north, a corner pavilion and an attached wing. The exterior stylistic appearance of the building combines elements of Romanticism (Rundbogenstil) with Gothic and Neo-Renaissance carpentry works. Unfortunately, after nationalization in 1948, the castle began to deteriorate rapidly. Today, the characteristic of the fortress has completely disappeared. During communism, the castle housed various public institutions. After the change of regime in 1989, the condition of the castle continuously deteriorated. In 2008, the castle was returned to Bethlen Ádám's daughter, Bethlen Fruzsina, and after the removal of assets, she donated the castle to the Reformed Church in Bahnea. In 2011, the castle received a new roof," reported the Zi de Zi newspaper in July 2019.
In the same article, it was mentioned that the objective in Bahnea "will be restored by Multinvest to its original form from the glorious period, at the request of the church, becoming a cultural center," and "the modern architecture hotel will offer accommodation and will also serve as a venue for various events." Additionally, an open-air amphitheater will be built in the castle area, and the garden will be restored, featuring a vast green area and a lake.