First of all we wish our guests a relaxed visit to the Miklós Barabás Centre. For those open to new experiences, we can recommend the numerous sights, superb excursion destinations and many special cultural attractions of Trei Scaune/Háromszék. The following are just a few of the programmes on offer:
The fully renovated Grand Hotel Bálványos**** is situated in the forest surrounding Lacul Sfânta Ana /Saint Anna Lake. Thanks to the tranquillity of the nearby mountains, the crystal clear air and Nature’s priceless treasures, the hotel has become perhaps the most attractive destination for those seeking rest and relaxation, but primarily for organizing business meetings, conferences and seminars. It is similarly an ideal spot for children since it has a brand-new treetop Adventure Park guaranteeing an entire afternoon of fun and activity.
The Museum of the History of Guilds, the former Town Hall and the oldest building, is located on the east side of Gábor Áron Square. It has a local history exhibition displaying the tools and workshop fittings of traditional artisans such as potters, bootmakers, cobblers, tanners, locksmiths, gingerbread makers, hatters, tailors etc. The museum boasts a fine replica of the Áron Gábor cannon made by local master artisans in 1971. The original was transported to Bucharest during the time of the dictatorship. A speciality of the museum is the ‘Zsuzsi and Andris’ doll collection with figures mostly dressed in Transylvanian and Hungarian costume, including the folk costumes of every region in Transylvania and the land of the Csángós.
The Roman Catholic Church dedicated to Saint Emeric of Hungary is in Ghelinta/Gelence, one of the most beautiful settlements of north eastern region of Trei Scaune/Háromszék. Surrounded by a fortified wall, this small church with nave and chancel is one of the finest examples of early Gothic Szekler historical monuments. The church was extended in the 15th century, when the protective wall and belfry raised with a porch were built. The church preserves Gothic carved stone fragments indicating the simple, truncated trefoil arch Gothic door frames carved from stone at the nave’s south and west entrances. The murals depicting the life of King St. Ladislas are remarkable.
The memorial marking the Háromszék World Meeting of Hungarians can be seen in Moacșa/Maksa on the side of Óriáspince-tető facing the sunrise, within the parish of Eresteghin/Eresztevény. One can access the memorial through a series of symbolic small Szekler gates. The monumental work built of wood is surrounded by 45 stone blocks engraved with the names of the towns, villages and communities of Trei Scaune/Háromszék.
This four-sided, domed chapel has semi-circular ‘apses’ jutting out on each side, on top of which are four hussar turrets. The additional dome and hussar turret covering the central section of the chapel mean that in total there are five turrets. It has a precise orientation. There is no doubt that this is the most romantic excursion point in the entire Targu-Secuiesc Basin.
It is barely quarter of an hour’s drive from Dalnic/Dálnok to a really marvellous theatre production: the Tamási Áron Theatre, Sfântu Gheorghe/Sepsiszentgyörgy has a company of award-winning actors of European standard, offering outstanding acting talent and, in the person of László Bocsárdi, one can confidently say a world-class director and senior stage director. For those staying for a longer time, it would be a serious mistake to miss out on a contemporary performance in the Tamási.
Ferenc Pozsony, professor of the Department of Hungarian Ethnography and Anthropology at Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca – Kolozsvár began collecting objects for the Zăbala/Zabola Csángó Ethnographical Museum collection nearly four decades ago. In 1974, the constantly growing collection was established in a family house built in the early 20th century. Even in the first decade the collection was gifted with extremely valuable 17-19th century stove tiles, painted furniture and everyday objects, then expanded with Transylvanian Saxon and Moldavian Csángó folk costumes, textiles and tools. Visitors can acquaint themselves with the historical monuments of Zăbala/Zabola, various historical depictions, traditional folk costumes, folk stove tiles and a parlour dating from the interwar period in the regional house.
Today’s mansion castle stands on the foundations of a fortified building dating from the 1400s, and this was rebuilt on several occasions in the 17-18th century. The other great attraction of the Count Mikes estate is the vast, beautiful park that surrounds the mansion castle. Several valuable buildings are located in the extensive English Garden complete with stream, lakes, pathways, tennis court, terraces and flower beds. The Swiss House (late 19th century) is modelled on wooden houses typical of Alpine regions. The park arboretum has been declared a nature protected area. Currently it has 66 woody plant species belonging to 24 plant families. Today the mansion castle is private property owned by the descendants of the Mikes family, and its park can be visited by prior agreement.