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Old March 9th, 2016, 05:27 PM   #61
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Beautiful pics and narration, and an educative experience.Thanks for sharing the same.
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Old March 20th, 2016, 06:14 PM   #62
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Pre-war interiors of the Royal Palace.

Part 3.

The Grand Ballroom


The Grand Ballroom (Nagy bálterem), in the middle part of the northern wing, took over the function of the smaller old ballroom in the Baroque wing. Designed by Hauszmann, it was the most splendid room of the palace. The two-storey high, airy room was lavishly decorated with stuccoes, half columns, trabeation, balconies, and six crystal chandeliers in Neo-Baroque style. Seven arched windows and doorways opened towards a pillared terrace facing the western forecourt. On the other side, the ballroom was connected to the Buffet Hall through three doors.

Photos made after the war show the room with its vaulted ceiling collapsed. The ballroom was not restored but totally destroyed in the course of the post-war remodelling.









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Old March 20th, 2016, 09:20 PM   #63
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One can only imagine elegant parties and balls held at that amazing room. Too bad it was destroyed, I assume it would be too expensive to reconstruct today, but the hope still remains alive...

P.S. Timea89, thank you for your amazing contribution to this thread, you've done quite a job to introduce the palace and the city to us.
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Old March 21st, 2016, 12:01 AM   #64
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I had no idea it was such a true beauty. What a shame. What a loss. Was any of the interior saved?
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Old March 21st, 2016, 01:39 PM   #65
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I had no idea it was such a true beauty. What a shame. What a loss. Was any of the interior saved?
Not one hallway, not a single room left intact— everything destroyed/modified beyond recognition. The communists saw the ruined Royal Palace as a symbol of the "old regime" and completely gutted its interior.

However... Not many people know, not even the locals, but there is a small underground burial place under the former Castle Church called the Palatinal Crypt. It is the only part of the former Royal Palace that survived through time.

The crypt was continuously used by the Hungarian branch of the Habsburg family. It was enriched with new works of art, frescoes, statues and ornate stone sarcophagi, made by the best artists of the 19th century.

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Old April 5th, 2016, 01:52 AM   #66
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Elisabeth Bridge 1929--1968

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Old April 10th, 2016, 07:28 PM   #67
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Great photo and with a color you can feel even more the atmosphere of pre-war grand Budapest.
Definitely my favourite capital in Europe yet.
There is something very special about this photo that truly evokes the beauty and calmness of pre-WW2 cities, not only in Europe but in many other countries as well. Budapest today is one of my favourite cities on earth, I have seen a well illustrated book on the unbelievable destruction at the end of the war and considering this it is remarkable what has been restored and is continuing to be restored/rebuilt.
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Old April 12th, 2016, 02:08 PM   #68
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Meanwhile... The reconstruction of the former Carmelite Monastery, which will house the Prime Minister and his office, has begun.





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The new building of the Prime Minister's Office, viewed from St. George Square.

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Pre-war interiors of the Royal Palace.

Part 4.

The Main Staircase


The monumental main staircase (Főlépcsőház), with three flights, led up from the lobby to the first floor in an airy, glass-roofed hall. The side walls of the hall were decorated in Italian Renaissance style with colossal Corinthian half-columns, stuccoes, and lunette openings. Ornate wrought-iron chandeliers and intricate balustrades decorated the stairs. On the ground floor, colossal Atlas statues stood beside the side pillars, holding the weight of the upper flights. The marble statues were the works of János Fadrusz from 1897. During the post-war reconstruction the main staircase was radically modernized. Only the two colossal Atlas statues survived. Now they are standing somewhat incongruently near their original places.








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This is what it looks like today...

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Some scant pleasure can be taken from the survival of these two statues, I suppose.

As for the rest, it seems every bit as irretrievable as physical evidence of western civilization's origins dynamited by ISIS in Mesopotamia. Very sad
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Old June 5th, 2016, 10:37 AM   #73
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What about these nasty full plasitic window? Is it just a stoggap?
Actually they aren't plastic, but a very high quality wood. It's understandable that most people would associate to plastic, because they look quite the same.

On the other hand there are several examples for windows of historical buildings being replaced with big plates of glasses. After all it's only been a technological need to have a separation between the glasses since it wasn't possible to produce bigger glasses.



http://images.google.de/imgres?imgur...h=614&biw=1280

Going even further windows have always been a secondary layer of the design of the building, therefore we could easily say that a simpler window can highlight the quality of the facade.



http://budapestcity.org/10-var/1780-...a/index-hu.htm

I'm not saying that the current situation perfectly represents this idea, but it definitely shows the complexity of the question of the reconstruction and if I'm honest, the limited possibilities of the socialist era.
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Old July 24th, 2016, 12:31 AM   #74
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Pre-war interiors of the Royal Palace.

Part 5.

Matthias Room


Matthias Room (Mátyás terem) was named after King Matthias Corvinus, who ruled in the late Middle Ages. It was one of the three "historical rooms" of the palace, created by Hauszmann. The room opened from the Royal Bedroom, at the end of the line of private apartments. It had three windows opening towards the hills of Buda. There was a long terrace in front of the room. The style of the Matthias Room was Renaissance, with carved wooden paneling and a coffered ceiling. It was furnished with a mantelpiece in the corner and two chandeliers, the most spectacular item being the equestrian statue of King Matthias, sculpted by János Fadrusz. The statue was a miniature copy of the original standing on the main square of Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca). This copy was saved after the war and put on display in the Hungarian National Gallery.







The room was destroyed, this is what is left of it: a small detail of the neo-renaissance oak panelling and a painting entitled “King Matthias receiving the legates of the pope”.

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Fővám tér
by Iván Snóbli, on Flickr


BME
by Iván Snóbli, on Flickr


Március 15. tér
by Iván Snóbli, on Flickr


István és Mátyás
by Iván Snóbli, on Flickr
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Pre-war interiors of the Royal Palace.

Part 4.

The Main Staircase

The monumental main staircase (Főlépcsőház), with three flights, led up from the lobby to the first floor in an airy, glass-roofed hall. The side walls of the hall were decorated in Italian Renaissance style with colossal Corinthian half-columns, stuccoes, and lunette openings. Ornate wrought-iron chandeliers and intricate balustrades decorated the stairs. On the ground floor, colossal Atlas statues stood beside the side pillars, holding the weight of the upper flights. The marble statues were the works of János Fadrusz from 1897. During the post-war reconstruction the main staircase was radically modernized. Only the two colossal Atlas statues survived. Now they are standing somewhat incongruently near their original places.





If you look at the cat on the old Atlas photo and the present day one you will see he must have lost his lower jaw. In the old picture the cat's mouth is open. In the current photo his mouth is closed and it looks like he's wearing dentures!

What a shame all those beautiful interiors were lost!
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This is reputedly the oldest still-standing hotel in Budapest. It was originally opened as an inn to travelers in 1696. It was reopened this year after extensive renovation as a 10-bedroom luxury boutique hotel.





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looking at the lost beauty at the castle makes me wanna cry.
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Old September 19th, 2016, 03:30 PM   #79
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Finally, some good news from the Royal Palace.

These may seem like small steps, maybe even too small to bother with, but "the journey of a thousand miles begins with small steps..."

1.

On the stairs leading from the latter rooms was an excellent statue in snow-white Carrara marble by Jules Jankovits entitled Goose Thief. The statue was purchased by King and Emperor Franz Joseph himself for his royal collection.

It was severely damaged during the Second World War and not repaired by the Communists, who removed and dumped it ignominiously in the backyard of a storage facility.

It has been restored to its former glory and now is on public display in the Budapest History Museum.

(source: Budapest Szobrai-Facebook)




2.

The reconstruction of St. Stephen's hall, which was one of smaller historical rooms of the palace located in building „E” on the first floor of the Krisztinaváros wing, has begun.

The most spectacular item in this room was a large stone mantelpiece with Romanesque Revival architectural details and the bust of King Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary.

The bust of St. Stephen is already being reconstructed by the Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture.



Great to see things starting to move forward now...
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Hi, anybody knows if the upgrades have started or when they will start? I am planning to go next Easter and I do not want to admire scaffolds intead buildings like happended to me in Berlin
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