Photographer's Note

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 Ják Chapel is a faithful reproduction of a 13th century Benedictine chapel in Ják, an area near the Austrian border. The outstanding part of the chapel is the portal around the doorway, an amazingly ornate multilayered sculpture of geometric patterns, apostles and lions.

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.

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Additional Photos by Ovidiu Sotiriu (Schnappilic) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 602 W: 51 N: 1071] (9692)
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