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Monument to Count Gabriel Bethlen monuments and memorials


Gabriel Bethlen – who at the time was the head župan (župa officer) of the mountain župa (“župa” – an administrative district) of Zander in Hungary visited Františkovy Lázně in 1885 already for the nineteenth time. On this occasion, he was heartily lauded by the management of the spa, which moved the count tomake a generous donation of 300 guldens to the town to be used for any purpose.

The town, along with the Beautifying Society, decided to use the sum to realise a monument in the form of a granite bench with a figure in a stola - the allegory of Hope- sitting between two Ionic columns. The architrave carried the inscription “Graf Bethlen-Sitz”, or the Bench of Count Bethlen.