Pesti Vigado, Budapest

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    Vigado

    by Raimix Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    Vigado stands near the bank of Danube river, on Pest side. It is one of Budapest's largest concert halls and lot of popular musical events took place there. The first of the famous events was the Ferenz Liszt premiere in 1865.

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    The Pesti Vígadó (Redoute of Pest)

    by 1courage Updated May 18, 2007

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    The beautiful V��gad��
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    I don`t write too much about the history of this building, wich is considered the most magnificent example of the hungarian romantic architecture, because clicking on the link below you can know every important details of the construction of the Redoute of Pest.
    The building is currently under renovation, all the internals will be retransformed to their original beauty. As you can see, the facades have already been refurbished, so, even if the internals cannot be visited until 2009, you can at least admire the very unique facade, full with oriental elements, projected by Frigyes Feszl, built between 1859-64 on the ruins of the previous classical Redoute, destroyed only for revenge by the austrian admiral Hentzi during the revolution and indipendence war in 1848-1849. In the time of the construction, the local people didn`t like at all this building, but today everybody is agree that this is one of the finest buildings in Budapest.

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    Vigado

    by ivanab Written Apr 23, 2006

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    It's a old concert hall. Vigado means 'place for entertainment', what it was during 19th and 20th century. Balls and concerts were held there, famous musicans played, such as Franz Liszt, Bela Bartok, Debussy...Today is under construction beacause of modernisation.

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    Pesti Vigado

    by janika Written Mar 24, 2006

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    Plaza and the Vigado in the background (That's me)
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    The Pesti Vigado is a beautiful building giving home to the Capital's most famous Cabaret.
    It was designed and built in the 18-th century by Mihaly Pollack. This is one the buildings in Budapest that survived two wars and still stands strong. Even if you never get inside, you should see this architectural marvel from the outside. Famous composers like Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner Brahms, Saint-Saens, Debussy and Bartok have also performed here in the past. Now you see where the fame comes from. Don't miss this place.

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    Vigado

    by DPando Updated Dec 10, 2005

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    Its located on the Pest riverside..closer to Szabadsag hid
    Designed and built by Mihály Pollack, the palace has been dedicated to the most prominent cultural and entertainment venues of the capital
    Destroyed in the 1848/49 Hungarian war of independence, the building was reconstructed according to the plans of Frigyes Feszl.
    The Vigadó was seriously damaged in the Second World War, too. Its reconstruction did not begin until the seventies and it was only reopened in 1980.

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    Vigado Ter

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Vigado Ter

    In Pest, near the Danube on Belgrad rakpart, there is this very nice square with the nice building of the Vigado. It is one of the best example of the Magyar Romantic Architecture made by Frigyes Feszl in 1859. It has got 6 statues on the facade. From this point you can see a very nice view of the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge.

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    Pesti Vigado

    by Gentleman75 Written Apr 29, 2005

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    Pesti Vigado

    The history of the Pesti Vigado (literally, 'place for merriment') begins in the early 19th century. Designed and built by Mihaly Pollack. Destroyed in the 1848/49 Hungarian revolition and war of independence, the building was reconstructed according to the plans of Frigyes Feszl. Completed in 1865 the edifice, whose style intermingles the unique Oriental with the romantic, is to this day one of Buda's principal architectural monuments. Its interior spaces are bedecked with frescoes with ballad themes by Karoly Lotz and Mor Than. Most of the statues were created by the sculptor Karoly Alexy. The Vigado was seriously damaged in the Second World War, too. Its reconstruction did not begin until the seventies and it was only reopened in 1980.

    Ever since it was first opened the Vigado has had the advantage of its concert hall being suited for many different events. In the 19th century not only a great many balls, receptions and galas were held here, but it was also the hub of classical music life where the greatest musicians of the 19th and 20th century performed. Franz Liszt, the pianist and conductor, appeared in the Vigado on several occasions, even together with Richard Wagner once, in 1875. Brahms, Saint-Saans, Debussy gave concerts here, as well as the conductors Bruno Walter and Herbert von Karajan, and outstanding soloists including Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein.
    The Vigado was a second home to the most celebrated Hungarian composers: Dohnanyi, Bartok and Kodaly.

    (These information available on the official website of the Vigado - You can see below).

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    Vigado

    by edvin_br Updated Jul 3, 2004

    This institution is one of the most elegant and a center of Budapests high life. It has a great location, at the banks of the Danube river (Pest side). This place is a starting point for many tourists who come to visit the old town of Pest.
    The Vigado was first built at the beginning of the 19 century, it was damaged a few times trough the history and the actual building was designed by Frigyes Feszl in romantic style (it also has a beautiful garden).
    The Vigado consists a concert hall, which can accommodate up to 700, a chamber hall and a gallery.

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