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September 20, 2020

History of British royalty is connected to one of 26 noblemen’s castles in Mures County

Sangeorgiu de Padure, which is situated in the south-eastern part of Mures County (central Romania), on national road 13A Balauseri-Sovata, hosts one of the 26 noblemen’s castles in this county, Agerpres informs. The city was built in the 18th century and is well-known as the birthplace of Claudine Rhedey, great-great-great-grandmother of the Queen of England Elizabeth II. The residence of the noble family of the Rhedeys was built in the 18th century on the site of another castle, was renovated in 1759 and 1809, when it started looking as it looks today and local people say that it was connected through a gangway to the church that had been built across the road almost 700 years ago. The connection between the Rhedey Castle and the Reformed Church, which is in the near vicinity, still exists today, but spiritually only, namely several members of the Rhedey family are buried in the crypt under this church, Claudine included, who was known as Countess Claudia Rhedey. The crypt of the Rhedey family, in which Claudia Rhedey is buried (she died in 1841), was completely built up in 1614 because of the plague and opened again for the burial of the countess, thus fulfilling her last wish. It was closed again for almost 100 years till 1935, when extensive renovation work was done inside the church.

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