Urmánczy Castle was constructed between 1903 and 1906, on a small elevation of the Mureș plateau, close to the riverbank. The construction of the castle was commissioned by Urmánczy Jeromos, a landowner of Armenian descent. It was designed by the Tyrolean architect Giacomuzzi Vigilio, who arrived in the region during the construction of the Szekler belt line. The castle’s modern secessionist style was pioneering in its time, and is architecturally unique among Transylvania’s castles.
The castle’s first version with four corner towers originated from the 1600’s, this was burned down by Romanian rebels in 1848, however, and the castle gained its current shape during its subsequent repairs. In 1852, the central building was roofed in, and the corner rooms were established. We can deduce from the inscriptions of a stone tablet that the construction works lasted until 1862.
The Lázár Castle from Gyergyószárhegy/Lăzarea was once the most attractive baronial residence in all of Szeklerland, and the battlemented renaissance building remains one of the most splendid 17th century creations of Transylvanian architecture. An inscription with gothic letters from 1532 which spells out “Cristus Maria 1532” is still visible in the vaulted anteroom.