Hungary’s National Castle and Forts Program will soon see the reconstruction of 15 forts and 19 castles in an effort to preserve the country's cultural history, improve communities and boost tourism.
According to Origo.hu, the projects are being carried out at a cost of HUF 60 billion (EUR 180 million) from a combination of national budget and European Union funds.
The first phase of the program saw a comprehensive archeological survey of the sites last year and many projects are now already in construction phase.
Alongside extensive renovation and restoration works, plans also include adding hospitality options, wellness services and space for events to the sites.
The program is set to help boost the local economy through increased tourism. Budgets have also been allocated to promote the sites and to offer tours to foreign visitors.
The reconstruction of ten castles and forts will be completed this year, including the monastery and castle complex in Oroszlány, central Hungary.
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