The Bohuș Castle / the location where Kossuth's army surrendered

Muzeul SiriaAt the foot of the Șiria hill, under the vineyards, lays the Bohuș castle. It houses the Museum and the memorial house of the writer Ioan Slavici, born in Șiria, as well as the composer Emil Montia, who, although born in Şicula, lived most of his life in Șiria. The building is a castle built in the late Baroque style in 1838, which belonged to the noble Bohuș family. Inside this building was signed in August 1849 the capitulation of the Hungarian revolutionary army in front of the imperial Austrian and Russian armies. Nearby lies the monument of Antonia Bohuș, who became known through the support she offered to the revolutionaries locked after 1849, among whom was the Banatian Eftimie Murgu.

At the Museum of Șiria, tourists can see a photocopy of the birth certificate of the writer Ioan Slavici, photocopies of school documents, graduation diplomas from his high school courses in Arad and Timisoara, photos takes while studying in Vienna, textbooks, magazines in which he wrote and several personal items of the writer.

At the exhibition dedicated to Emil Monţia one can admire the piano and cello of the composer, folklore collections and various editions of his major works, furniture etc.

The Bohuș Castle consists of a single body building with 30 rooms. The main part is a facade and terrace equipped with Doric columns, representing the type of plain mansion, built in neoclassical style. In this building were led negotiations between General Görgey, the supreme commander of the Hungarian revolutionary army, and General Frolov, the attorney Czarist, around the unconditional surrender of 13 August 1849.

The castle houses the Ioan Slavici Memorial Museum, the great writer being born in Șiria. Also inside the Bohuș castle lays a permanent exhibition dedicated to the composer Emil Montia (1887-1965). Born in Șicula, most of his life was spent in the village of Șiria, living in the house on 130 Spiru Haret Street. The exhibition presents a series of exhibits that reflect his life and his prodigious musical activity, inspired by the true and endless fountain of popular art. You can also see here the furniture of his working chamber, the piano and cello of the composer as well as various editions of his main works: “The Girl from Cozia”, “Earring “, “The Heir”, “At the well with the bucket” etc.

The castle is surrounded by three artistic monument: the bust of Ioan Slavici (1848-1925), executed by Ioan Tolan, the bust of Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889), by the same sculptor, and the statue of Ion Russu-Șirianu (1864-1909), the work of the sculptor C. Bălăcescu.

At a little distance from the castle stands the monument of Antonia Bohuș, who became known for supporting the imprisoned revolutionaries after 1849, including Eftimie Murgu, and her activities supporting female emancipation.