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Donna Maria Sursock Gardens

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HISTORY

The Villa known as Donna Maria Sursock's residence was built by her husband Alfred in 1909. The Villa looks like a small fairytale castle and is interesting for its decorative elements in molten cement, a novelty at the time. The Villa was widely used every summer until 1975 and, unfortunately, as with the hotel, it was severely damaged and plundered by the various armies and militias that roamed the area during the civil war.

 

WHY THIS PLACE

It is now destroyed and uninhabited, but it constitutes a majestic and dramatic setting for the events that took place on the fully restored front terrace, a first step towards the total restoration of the villa.

CURIOSITIES

• The center of attraction was undoubtedly the Sofar Grand Hotel, built in 1890 by the Sursocks, immediately opposite the train station. This legendary hotel has attracted the highest level of society, as well as the elite of gamblers each summer, from the first opening of its doors to the civil war in 1975.

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