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The Vigadó of Buda, Budapest

This building was erected (between 1898 and 1900) on the site of a former arsenal, as a result of an architectural competition. The architects, Aladár Arkay and Mór Kallina were to face a rather demanding project: to design a building in a pre-existing block which should function both as a theatre and a library in order to satisfy the expectations of the residents of Buda.

There used to be a restaurant on the first, and a café on the ground floor of the Vigadó. The relatively simple eclectic appearance of the building is compensated for by some magnificent art nouveau decoration inside: an impressive hall, the wide marble staircase and pillars, a spacious richly-decorated theatre hall and a splendid 306-seat theatre. Nowadays, performances of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (approximately 120 annually) can be seen here.

Central Buda

The central district of Buda is comprised of the most ancient parts of the city. There are perhaps more things to see here than anywhere else in Budapest: Bem Square, the Castle, the Tabán, the Víziváros ('Water City') and most of Krisztinaváros, as well as the northern part of Gellért Hill.
Most of central Buda (the Castle and Víziváros) has become part of the universal heritage of mankind recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage. A most stunning view opens over the Danube, the Chain Bridge and Pest from the parapets of the Bem Embankment, the Fishermen's Bastion and the Buda Castle Palace. The National Széchényi Library and the National Gallery are to be found in the Castle, while the Sándor Palace provides the residence of the president of the Republic of Hungary. (Source: vendégváró)

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