Andrassy Utca, Budapest
The Kogart house is the HQ of the Arts Foundation of Gabor Kovacs. He, besides being the president-CEO of the Bankar Holding Ltd., is a renowned fine arts collector.
His foundation was registered in 2003 with a 3 billion HUF fund.
The building itself was originally designed by Ignac Alpar and Istvan Pucher. It's reconstruction was finished in 2004, so the house now shows it's original splendor.
The building houses an exposition area, a show/concert room, a voice-studio, a restaurant-café and a museum-shop.
You can read more about the foundation and it's activities on their homepage listed below.
Andrassy Avenue is worth to see even without Christmas decorations (no wonder the whole 2,3 km long road is part of the world heritage since 2002), but the Xmas lights make it even more special.
Even despite the rather cold weather around this time of the year, it's worth walking along the Avenue to catch some Christmas spirit :)
Andrassy Street and Heroes Square Budapest – Andrassy Street is the great boulevard of Budapest. Budapest is an unusual city in that many of the buildings were erected in the 19th Century for the Population explosion – see below. But this building by private nobility took an eclectic approach and you can see the extraordinary mix of styles and ornamentation on such as Andrassy Street.
The Hungarian Society of Art was founded in 1861. On of their biggest aims was to launch art education in Hungary. 10 years later they founded the National Hungarian Royal School of Design and Training Institute of Art Teachers, but had no building for it yet.
The plot purchased by the Society on Andrassy Avenue was just too big for the Institution, so part of it was yielded for the School of Design. The building was designed in neo-renaissance style by one of the professors of the institution, Lajos Rauschner and was completed in 1876.
I particularly like it thanks to the very nice sgrafitto ornamentation (designed by Rauschner) on it's facade. The medallions show the portraits of Bramante, Michelangelo, Durer and others, all painted by Bertalan Szekely.
In 1908 the name of the school was changed to Hungarian Royal Academy of Art, and since the separation of the School of Applied Arts (1896) the profile of the institution is the same until today, even though it's not "Royal"
any more :)
Andrassy ut is a grand avenue beginning near Deak Ference ter and ending after 2,5 km at Hero’s Square and the City Park. You will find many museums, theatres and the opera along the street. In the end of the street several of the villas has become embassies.
Andrassy ut was constructed in 1872 - 1884, and under the street runs metro line no1, the second underground to be constructed in Europe. At many stretches the street is lined with trees.
Andrassy ut extends from Hero's Park to the central portion of Pest, constructed to honor the Hungarian Millenium between 1872-84. Nearer the park, this wide boulevard is lined by multistory buildings with highly decorated facades ( with occasional upscale restaurants on the ground level). Grassy traffic islands run the length of the boulevard with park like circles at main intersections, most notably Kodaly Korund which houses statues on each of the four quadrants. It is approximately 1.5 miles long, but the subway runs underneath with convenient stops. Features along the way include the Terror House and the Opera House
(not the same).
This busy but very nice street leads to the Varosliget park. We got off the metro at Vorosmarty station to visit the House of Terror museum and decided to walk up Andrassy Road to the park to take in some of the architecture and sites. The street is lined with beautiful Neo-Renaissance mansions, with one of the nicest ensembles located around Kodaly Korond. Several high-end shopping stores (Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Gucci, etc.) are also located on the street, which ends at Heroes' Square, home to the Millenium Monument. Another statue we spotted on the street is that of Aruthur Koestler, who was born in Budapest and wrote the best-selling novel "Darkness at Noon".
Dreschler palace was once the Institute of Ballet. The building was built in French renaissance style between the years 1883 - 1886.. I thought it was rather dark and gloomy, probably needed a good clean like many of the buildings in Budapest.
It isn't open to the public, so has to be viewed from the outside.
It's situated across the road from the Opera House
Jokai was Hungarian who, as a young boy was meant to follow in his father's footsteps. When his father died, he tried working in the lawyer's office, just as his father did, but found it not too his liking. He began writing, his first book was a romance and was instantly recognized by all the leading critics as a work of original genius.
During this part of his life, 14 years was spent as a political suspect. He didn't waste this time, instead he wrote 30 romances and innumerable other books.
He is remembered as an outstanding Hungarian writer of the 19th century. His most popular novel was "The Golden Man."
Both he and his wife are buried at the Kerepesi Cemetery..
Andrassy Avenue is now a recognized World Heritage Site.
It was 1872 when Andrassy Avenue was constructed. Back then, it would not have been as busy as today, nor would the trees have been as big and giving so much shade and added beauty to the area.
The avenue was named after former Prime Minister of Hungary, Gyula Andrassy. It is split into three distinct parts - Downtown streching from Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Avenue all the way to Oktogon square. This area is lined with rows tall residential apartment houses and expensive shops in the housefronts. The Middle section between Oktogon to Kodály Körönd, used to be paved with wooden cubes for the nobility on horseback, today this is a bicycle path and a walkway. The third section between Kodály Körönd and Heroes' Square, is where I saw magnificient mansions, Villas and Embassies, giving a feel of a very wealthy part of the Avenue.
Brochures describe the avenue has having "the crème de la crème of Eclectic-style buildings" in Budapest, a statement I agree with ! It is also one of Budapest's main shopping streets, with smart cafes, restaurants, theatres, and luxury boutiques.
I couldn't help but like this tree lined Avenue in the big City, what could be nicer!
Good for the atmosphere and lovely to walk under on a hot summers day OR sit on one of the many garden seats along the way. I walked the 2.5kms more than once to view the beautiful Neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses featuring designer facades. I kept on noticing something new, this time were flags flying by some beautiful villas. Being curious, I stopped and read the bronze plague on the fence, to find out this was a countries Embassy. From there on, I kept and eye out for more and found quite a few. I believe there are many more in the streets behind.
One building not to be missed in Andrassy avenue, is the University Building of Fine Arts.
Located on the corner of Epreskert street and Andrassy Avenue, this Neo-Renaissance building dates back to 1871.
Much of the wall is decorated with beautiful sgraffito, then below is brickwork with evil looking faces that stare at you!@
Right next to it at No. 69, in the old building of Mûcsarnok (Art Gallery), is the exhibition hall of the university that is open for the public.
Still on Andrassy street, I found two interesting wall plaques. One was on the building at 73-75 Andrassy avenue and were a "Monument to hero of the navigators."
The second statue is on the corner of Andrassy avenue & Rozna street, one block between the two statues.
The MAV War Memorial - the World War I monument railway heroes, is a bronze relief made in 1932.
Starting near the St. Stephen Basilica, stretching along over two kilometers of the city's finest and most expensive shops and homes, and culminating in the impressive Heroes Square, Andrassy Ut is probably Budapest's most famous streets.
Not only is it a landmark in itself, it also includes landmarks such as the impressive Budapest Opera. It contains many beautiful buildings along its wide tree lined length, and some of these have been taken over by the embassies that hog the pavement at the top end, like South Korea's marvelous miniature pink palace.
It's also the focus of much wining and dining in the city, with many of the best restaurants and bars located near or along it. Some people might be forgiven for thinking that the Oktagon is the center of Budapest's nightlife.
Sewing it all together is the M1 underground, a tourist attraction in its own right. Rattling along just under the Andrassy Ut, the M1 line is the oldest underground line in continental Europe, and the second oldest in the world after the London Underground. You can save your legs by jumping on and off the M1 at any of the quaint old stations along the street.
This is a huge throughfare in Pest that runs all the way up to City Park and Heroes Square.
With the shops and cafes aside, be sure to visit the "Museum Of Terror" and take a look at the "Opera House".
Its a beautiful leafy road with tons of shops and eateries.
All the building along the street are national monuments and they have an eclettic facade. They were built by 1872-1876.
Along the street you can find the Opera, the Postamuzeum and very nice square like Oktogon ter and Kodaly Korond. There are also two museums: Hopp Ferenc Kelet-Azsiai Muvszeti Muzeum (Oriental art which come from the Ferenc Hopp collection) and the Rath Gyotgy Muzeum (Chinese and Japanese art)