Coburg manor house in Jelšava - historical craft and ecological center of Gemer

Basic information

  • Project Number: CLT01003
  • Project Title: Coburg manor house in Jelšava - historical craft and ecological center of Gemer
  • Program: Culture
  • Region of the Project Implementation: Banskobystrický
  • District of the Project Implementation: Revúca
  • Estimated Date of Project Completion: 30.04.2024
  • Project Promoter: City of Jelšava
  • Website of the project:
  • Status: Active


  • Project Grant Approved: 1 000 000 €

Information in a nutshell

The manor house is one of important landmarks in Gemer. A three-story building in the French classicism style was built, in the second half of the 18th century, as an extension to an older renaissance building built at the beginning of the 17th century. The rear part of the manor house features three annexes with corner towers, gunports and details of renaissance windows. The manor house was owned by noble houses of Koháry and Coburg. Its last owner was Bulgarian tsar Ferdinand von Sachsen Coburg-Gotha, who transformed the manor house to the seat of administration of the Coburg property. After confiscation of assets in the middle of the 20th century, the manor house significance started to decline and it was gradually decaying. For three decades, the manor house remained abandoned without any use. In the past few years, the city of Jelšava and many local enthusiasts have made effort to rescue it. A creative and cultural centre in the restored part of the Coburg Family Manor House will put together local artists, artisans and marginalised communities.

Project description

The main idea of the project is to create a cultural and creative centre in the conditions of the small town of Jelšava. The centre will be located in a renovated part of the Coburg manor, in the historic centre of Jelšava. The project will create conditions for the development of tourism, a community programme, for the return of traditional craftsmen and artists from all over the area, as well as support for the integration of the Roma minority. At the same time, the project also focuses on the creation of adaptation and mitigation measures in the field of the environment. The whole project draws on the many years of experience of Norwegian partners in the field of adult education and the impact of deteriorating air conditions on the population, as well as on cultural monuments. The expected result of the project is the creation of a unique space for business in culture and the associated organization of cultural, social, and other events.