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Vajdahunyad Tower, Budapest

Built on the Széchenyi Island in the City Park (Városliget) with the aim of displaying architectural styles of the past, this is a group of faithfully detailed copies of parts of famous buildings of historic Hungary.
The main element of the three distinct sections (Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance Baroque) is the copy of the Vajdahunyad tower after which the whole building complex was named Vajdahunyad Castle. In the copy of the original Knight's Hall, which is accessible to visitors up a magnificent decorated staircase, the exhibitions of the Museum of Agriculture can be visited. This building set out as one of the main attractions of the National Millennium Exhibition in 1896. Following the exhibition the buildings, which were made mainly of cardboard, soon started to deteriorate and therefore, in 1900, Ignác Alpár was entrusted with constructing the permanent group of buildings. During World War II the buildings and collections suffered serious damage. Reconstruction started in 1950, and was accomplished with the refurbishments carried out between 1975 and 1985.
The area is open to the public. Guided tours in the museum must be pre-booked.


Budapest is the capital city of Hungary.As the largest city of Hungary, it serves as the country's principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation center and is considered an important hub in Central Europe. In 2008, Budapest had 1,702,297 inhabitants, down from a mid-1980s peak of 2.1 million, with an official agglomeration of 2,451,418. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the unification on 17 November 1873, of right-bank (west) Buda and Óbuda (Old Buda) together with Pest on the left (east) bank.

Aquincum, originally a Celtic settlement, was the direct ancestor of Budapest, becoming the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia. Magyars arrived in the territory in the 9th century. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241-42.The re-established town became one of the centers of Renaissance humanist culture in the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács and nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule, development of the region entered a new age of prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Budapest became a global city after the 1873 unification. It also became the second capital of Austria-Hungary, a great power that dissolved in 1918. Budapest was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919, Operation Panzerfaust in 1944, the Battle of Budapest of 1945, and the Revolution of 1956.

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in Europe. Other highlights include the world's largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. (Source: Vendégváró)

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Additional Photos by George Rumpler (Budapestman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8900 W: 3 N: 20435] (82620)
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