Klotild Palaces - The Twins, Budapest
"The Twins" are two Palaces known as Klotilde palaces. The land where the two buildings stand, was bought by Arch-duchess and Princess Clotilde who imagined a magnificent gateway to the Elisabeth Bridge.
Would you believe the two buildings are named - one "Klotild" and the other "Matild."
The two buildings were built between 1899-1902 and both have identical 48 metre high towers adorned with a crown prince replica. During WWII, the buildings were severely damaged, but have both been restored since then.
In 1977, both the buildings were declared a National monument.
Then in 2012, the five star Buddha-Bar Hotel opened in Matild palace.
When I was there, a lot of construction work was going on around these buildings. Matild had been cleaned and looked lovely, while Klotild was in the process of being cleaned. I thought it was quite unusual to see buildings like this!
In Ferenciek Tere, just before the beginning of the Elizabeth Bridge, there are two eclettic simmetric palaces called Klotild-Palotak with two decorated tower and a nice facade. They were built in 1902.
These twin palaces frame the Pest end of the Elizabeth Bridge and extend as far as Ferenciek tere, named after Koburg Klotild Maria, who had them built. They house up-market shops and prime offices. There is a showroom of Budapest Gallery in the building on the southern side of the street. On the northern side is the Paris Arcade, with the quaint Moorish-Byzantine mood. Between the two palaces, there is a fine view of the Elizabeth Bridge and the waterfall below St. Gellert's monument, both illuminated at night.
The Klotild Palaces are 2 impressive old building (built at the beginning of the 20 century) that look just the same and they are just at the entrance to Pest from Erzsebet bridge.
The buildings are situated ina very elegant place in the Inner city, olnly 5 minouts away from the Famous Vaci street. Im not sure why are they in black color but i heard that this is because of all the coal and other material that made their way around Pest in the last 100 years, but i like thier blcak color!!!
This 2 buildings, with their beautiful architecture and sculptures had really attracted my eye when i was at my way to Erzsebet bridge.
Klotild-Palotak buildings are imposing Baroque towers rise like sentries at the foot of the Elizabeth Bridge.