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Old July 24th, 2015, 10:08 PM   #41
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So when will the reconstruction of the dome and the rest of the castle begin? Do they plan to reconstruct original interiors as well?
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Old July 25th, 2015, 02:57 AM   #42
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So when will the reconstruction of the dome and the rest of the castle begin? Do they plan to reconstruct original interiors as well?

Well, it's not that simple. Currently the Royal palace is occupied by the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the National Széchényi Library. So the first step is to find suitable sites and develop new buildings for these big museums and institutions. (Not an easy task by any means)

The Hungarian National Gallery will get a new building in the new museum district.

Few months ago, the government agency that oversees the so-called high-profile Museum District development project revealed the winners of a design competition for the new building of National gallery. Norwegian firm Snřhetta and Japanese studio SANAA won the competition. Construction is expected to begin in 2016, and the new building is scheduled to open in March 2018.

So the Hungarian National Gallery, which currently occupies four wings (A to D) of the palace, will be relocated into the new building by the summer of 2018.

If all goes according to plan, The National Széchényi Library will also be moved out of its current place to a more modern one, however there are no exact plans presented for this project.

So major construction and renovation works cannot and will not start until 2018. The only possible exception is the St Stephen's Room, one of smaller "historical rooms" of the palace, which is located in building „E” on the first floor of the Krisztinaváros wing. This relatively small room (only about 80 m2) could be completely rebuilt by the end of 2018.

St Stephen's Room before the war:



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Old August 19th, 2015, 05:02 PM   #43
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Matthias Church & Fisherman's Bastion as seen from across the Danube. Pre-war and present-day.

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Old August 19th, 2015, 11:53 PM   #44
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Matthias Church & Fisherman's Bastion as seen from across the Danube. Pre-war and present-day.

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Old August 20th, 2015, 03:53 AM   #45
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Old September 8th, 2015, 08:40 PM   #46
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Buda Castle, early 1900s.

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Old September 8th, 2015, 09:30 PM   #47
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I REALLY hope the castle will look like that in few years.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 07:02 PM   #48
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The Hauszmann Plan takes another major step forward with the unveiling of conceptual renderings and plans of the western forecourt and the Csikós courtyard.

The long-awaited renovation/reconstruction of the Royal Palace and its surroundings will finally begin early next year!











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Does that mean that they will start the reconstruction of the whole Palace or is that just the proposal for the buildings that surround it, like Royal Stables?
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Old October 1st, 2015, 06:03 PM   #50
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Are the roofs of the original palace also getting reconstructed?
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Old October 7th, 2015, 08:56 PM   #51
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Does that mean that they will start the reconstruction of the whole Palace or is that just the proposal for the buildings that surround it, like Royal Stables?
Basically the whole point of the project is to restore the palace to its original pre-war, "hauszmannian" state, using the original plans of Alois Hauszmann. The reconstruction of the Royal Stables, the Guardhouse and other smaller buildings in the Castle District is just the opening act of a 10-year reconstruction project which will hopefully culminate in the reconstruction of the Palace.

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Are the roofs of the original palace also getting reconstructed?
Yes. The simplified post-war roofs and the original neo-Baroque structure cannot reasonably coexist, as the former was built by mutilating the latter. The post-war building occupying the palace ground must be demolished for the full restoration of the original Palace.

Before & After:

One of the side entrance gates of the Palace, the so-called St George's Square entrance, which miraculously survived the siege intact with just broken windows and missing roof slates only to be demolished by the communist a few years later...

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Old January 29th, 2016, 04:48 PM   #52
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The view of Pest from the Savoyai Terrace.

Photo taken by Austrian photographer Bruno Reiffenstein in 1928

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Old January 31st, 2016, 07:40 PM   #53
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What about these nasty full plasitic window? Is it just a stoggap?
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The whole castle is soo screwed up, that I don't even mind the windows that much...
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High-resolution photo of the pre-war dome (taken from Hunyadi Courtyard).

Notice the giant gold-plated replica of the Crown of St. Stephen situated on the top of the dome. It survived the siege but then disappeared. It was either stolen by fellow citizen or by the occupying Red Army.

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Amazing , I love the architechtural designs of old and present Hungary!
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Beautiful!!
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Pre-war interiors of the Royal Palace.

Part 1.

Habsburg Hall

The Habsburg Hall was situated in the middle of the long palace complex, under Hauszmann's (false) dome, where the new northern wing and the old palace met. Although this part of the building belonged to the original palace, it was thoroughly rebuilt by Hauszmann–this stately room was totally his own work. It was one of the three historical rooms of the palace representing the important periods of Hungarian history. A free-standing, double flight of steps, called the Habsburg Steps, connected the room with the Royal Gardens on the Danube terrace. The room had lavish Baroque decorations with half-pillars and gilded stuccoes. The vaulted ceiling was decorated with Károly Lotz's fresco Apotheosis of the Habsburg Dynasty. Károly Senyei's four Carrara marble busts stood in front of the sidewalls representing King Charles III, Queen Maria Theresa, King Franz Joseph, and Queen Elisabeth.

The Habsburg Hall survived World War II relatively undamaged, but in the 1950s it was demolished for political reasons.











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What about these nasty full plasitic window? Is it just a stoggap?
Regrettably no. They look horrible. Hopefully when they restore the palace they will be replaced
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Pre-war interiors of the Royal Palace.

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The Dining Hall

The Dining Hall (Buffet-csarnok), on the Danube side of the northern wing, was a very long hall used for state banquets. It was connected to the Great Ballroom nearby and it was possible to join them together. There was a shorter, passage-like space between the two rooms. This passage was separated from the Buffet Hall by six square pillars, while its other side was a solid wall with three doors. On the eastern side of the Buffet Hall a long row of windows opened towards the Danube and a pillared terrace. The Buffet Hall was divided into three sections with free-standing Ionic columns, holding trabeations. The vaulted ceiling was lavishly decorated with frescoes and stuccoes.







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