Europe House

Culture & Heritage

A Tapestry of History and Intrigue

The Europe House, formerly known as the Svetics House and later as the Sigray House, is steeped in history and adorned with Renaissance and Baroque elements dating back to the 17th century. It has witnessed remarkable events, including the story of James Sigray, the “republican count” and director of the Society of Reformers, who met a tragic fate due to his involvement in the Martinovich conspiracy. Over the centuries, the house has been associated with notable figures such as writer Sándor Tatay and diplomat Jenő Miske-Gerstenberger and his wife Mary Allison-Walters, who played a role in espionage during World War II. Renovated multiple times, the Europe House serves as the headquarters of the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK) since 2015.