Photographer's Note

Anton Brunszvik, a well respected administrator in the service of the Royal Court, was granted the rank of count by the Queen Maria Theresia in 1775. The Brunszvik mansion in Martonvásár (click on the map) together with a nice church was originally built in the last decades of the 18th century in Baroque then rebuilt hundred years later in English Gothic style.

Ludwig van Beethoven visited Martonvásár several times where he was impressed by the beautiful and calm, huge English park (look at the photo in WS) and even more by the young Countess Josephine. Though in 1800 her mother married her off to the 50-year old Count von Dehm, an unhappy marriage like her subsequent marriage, the later biographers found convincing evidence for a deep and lasting commitment between two lonely souls, Josephine and Beethoven. Jospehine is suspected to be the "Immortal Beloved" (unsterbliche Geliebte), many letters adressed to whom were found in Beethoven's room after his death.

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