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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    by MedioLatino Written Mar 22, 2005

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    The Castle in the City Park was built for the Hungarian Millenium in 1896 (just like so many other things in Budapest :). It was designed by Ignac Alpar and it consist of 3 "blocks" in diferent styles (romanesque, gothic and renaissance).

    It's name comes from the most significant part, the tower, which is a copy of the tower of the Castle in Vajdahunyad.

    The buildings were originally only temporary ones, but in 1900 Alpari received an assignment to carry out the permanent buildings.

    Today the biggest part of it houses the collection of the Museum of Agriculture.

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    VAJDAHUNYAD CASTLE

    by balhannah Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    A very interesting part of City Park, is where Vajdahunyad Castle is situated.

    Vajdahunyad Castle was built in 1908, as a copy of a Transylvanian castle of the same name. The idea of building Vajdahunyad Castle, was to showcase the beautiful and long history of the Magyars through its architectural treasures. Some of the most outstanding buildings and details from all over Hungary (at that time part of the huge Austro-Hungarian Empire), were used, although some of the buildings showcased, are outside the borders of Hungary now. The concept was to blend the various architectural styles into one composite castle.

    When I looked at this Castle, I was seeing a thousand year old history of Hungarian architecture and architectural details of 21 buildings, some only in minor additions, while others as main characters. Romantic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, all blend together to make this a very interesting Castle.
    It can be reached by any one of four bridges, the one I came across, still had and arched entrance with portcullis. Today, the Museum of Agriculture is located in the Castle.

    It is very attractive as it sits on an artificial island and is surrounded by water. No reflections much for me, but on a calm water day, this would make a great photo opportunity.

    You can enter the courtyard all day and all night for FREE - except for festivals.
    FREE Photos in the Courts of the Castle (photo tickets are only needed inside the Castle, in the Museum)

    ENTRANCE FEE FOR MUSEUM OF AGRICULTURE

    THE Museum in the Castle is closed on Mondays.
    •Tickets for Adults: HUF 1,100
    •Tickets for Children: HUF 550
    •Photo Ticket to the Museum (inside the castle only): HUF 5000

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    The Highlight of City Park ( 5 photos )

    by nicolaitan Written Nov 30, 2006

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    Contained within an island set in the park is the centerpiece of this park system. A Disney-like collection of buildings created for the 1896 Millenium, the island houses multiple buildings documenting all the architectural styles dominant in Hungarian History. Architect Ignac Alpar successfully blended these different styles into the most popular section of the park today.

    The entrance, from which the castle name is derived, is modelled after a Romanian castle of the same name which belonged to Janos Hunyadi, a hero of the wars against Turkish invaders. After passing through the gothic gate, a romanesque church is modelled after the chapel of Jak, a Benedictine church in western Hungary which has survived to modern times. This is a very popular site for weddings, one of which was proceeding as we passed through. Further along, a large Baroque building is the setting for an Agriculture Museum, quite popular as well ( although we passed on this attraction ).

    A striking Gothic tower is modelled after a castle-tower in Sighisoara Romania, originally in Translyvania. The most famous statue is Anonymus, a hooded figure who lived in the 13th Century and whose work forms the basis for much of our knowledge of early Hungarian history. The entire castle area is surrounded by a moat-like artificial lake for which rowboats may be rented. Certainly the highlight of the park - and nothing surpasses being a vicarious member of the wedding entourage.

    The Vajdahunyad gateway The replica of the Chapel of Jak The Castle Tower The Baroque castle with Agriculture Museum The Lake

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    JAK CHAPEL

    by balhannah Updated Mar 15, 2014

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    The Jak Chapel is actually part of Vajdahunyad Castle, built for the 1896 millennium. It is a copy of a Benedictine abbey at Ják, Western Hungary.
    The church was picked as the best representation of the Romanesque architecture in Hungary

    The exact replica of the Portal of the Church of Jak shows the characteristic church gates of the 11th and 12th century. This is the main gate of the church decorated with geometric Norman style motifs. Next to the Portal, you can see the Madonna, and Samson’s fight with the lion.

    Above the portal, is a series of statues, which has Christ in the centre and he is flanked by five Apostles on either side. The columns are rich in detail and worth a close up look!
    The Chapel was consecrated by Bishop Kohl Medárd in 1915, in honor of King Ladislaus.

    The Chapel is a functioning Catholic chapel with religious ceremonies on Sundays from spring to autumn at 12 pm (noon). It's very popular for smaller weddings.

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    CLOISTER OF JAK CHAPEL

    by balhannah Written Mar 15, 2014

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    I didn't make it inside the Chapel, but I did find the most beautiful Romanesque cloister attached to the Chapel! Funnily, most people seemed to miss it. They looked at the Chapel portal and then walked away.
    It was a little hidden, but if you walk to the left of the Chapel, you will find it.
    I was so glad I did!

    Even though this cloister is very small and the smallest Cloister I have ever seen, it also was one of the prettiest.
    Ivy clung to the walls, Árpád-era [Hungarian dynasty} style pillars, guardian stones and patterned columns completed the setting.
    I wanted to go in there, as peace and quietness oozed through the openings. Just the place to sit, contemplate and let time drift by!

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    by cjg1 Written Dec 31, 2008

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    Vajdahunyad Castle is a castle in City Park. It was built between 1896 and 1908, designed by Ignác Alpár. It is a copy in part of a castle in Transylvania, Romania, that is also called Vajdahunyad, though it is also a display of different architectural styles: Romanic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

    Originally it was made from cardboard and wood for the millennial exhibition in 1896 but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick.

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    Vajdahunyad vara

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    In the middle of the beautiful Varosliget (City Park) there is the nice Vajdahunyad vara (Vajdahunyad Castle). This building was built between 1896-1908 by Ignac Alpar and with it you make a journey into Hungary's architectural past. Every section of the edifice is different, featuring a small-scale reproduction of various buildings in the country representing different historical and architectural styles. The castle is a true representation of a thousand years of Hungarian architecture in one single monument, and was such a success at the exhibition that it had to be rebuilt later in brick and stone. The name of the castle derive from the Castle of Vajdahunyad in Romania. Inside the castle there is the Mezogazdasagi Museum (Museum of Agricolture).

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    VAJDAHUNYAD CASTLE - BRIDGE GATE

    by balhannah Written Mar 15, 2014

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    The main gate to the Castle is the one you enter from Heroes’ Square. This is the way I came from, passing by two stone lions holding the coat of arms of Budapest. Across the bridge I went and through the gate way with the portcullis. There are four entrances to the Castle, this one is known as Bridge Gate.

    To the left [when entering] of Bridge Gate, is the area where the Ducks are fed. I found by going down here and standing on the edge of the bank, and on the feeding platform, I could take some lovely photos of the Castle and the arched bridge. When walking across bridge, I had no idea it was arched, making for some nice reflections in the water.

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    Vajdahunyad Vár-from outside

    by 1courage Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    The Vajdahunyad Castle was built between I896 and 1908.
    In reality the construction lasted so long, because originally it wasn`t built as a permanent monument, but the people liked it so much that some years after the millenary exhibition it was reconstructed with other materials. Its various parts illustrate the different styles of Hungarian architecture. It was designed by Ignác Alpár, and it is in parts an imitation of the Castle of Vajdahunyad in Transylvania, wich is the family castle of János Hunyadi (See in the Heroes square tip). He was a big hero of the Turkish wars. The original castle was built in its present form in the fifteenth century.

    If we approach the Castle from the Heroes square, we see a gothic gate, that leads to the courtyard.

    In the court, the great structure that we can see among the Gothic group of buildings, is the copy of the castle-tower of Segesvár in Transylvania. Inside there is a Gothic court- yard with some early Renaissance elements.

    The largest facade facing the courtyard was built in Baroque style. Opposite is the statue of Anonymus.
    The castle hosts the Museum of agriculture, wich is much much more interesting than what we think if we hear it for the first time. The building is beautiful inside, and you can enter free of charge.

    The gothic & the renassaince parts of the complex The Castle and environment The main gate The rear facade Towers from behind
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    A little bit of Transylvania

    by mikey_e Written Jan 16, 2009

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    Vajdahunyad vára, or Vajdahunyad Castle, seems a bit strange, located out here in the middle of a city park on a flat plain that appears to offer little to no natural advantage for defenders. That’s because this is essentially a copy of another, real castle in Transylvania (Érdely in Hungarian) that was first erected in cardboard for the Millennium celebrations in 1896 and then actually built from real materials in the twelve years after that because of the paper version’s popularity. It combines a number of different styles (Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance), which makes it seem whimsical on some glances. Today it houses the Agricultural Museum, although I prefer to think of it as an architectural attraction rather than a museum (not least because a museum devoted to agriculture seems unappealing). It has always caught my fancy, in part because it seems like a piece of “backward Transylvania” brought to Budapest. No, I don’t have illusions of Transylvania being like a Bram Stoker novel. Rather, my grandmother is from the region and I’ve always found the connections between the “heartland” and “the lost regions” interesting, not least because the food and culture of the people in Budapest seems so familiar, despite the distance from my family’s roots. Back to the castle: visiting on a sunny summer’s day seems to take something out of the castle’s appeal. Try to come on a cloudy or rainy day, when the brooding sky helps brings out the sinister aspects of the castle’s architecture.

    Vajhunyad v��ra The Renaissance part of the building Detail of the entrance to the museum Transylvanian tower The Gothic part
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    Vajdahunyad vara: the Church

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 16, 2005

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    The main building of the castle was built on the model of the castle of the winner again the Turkish: Janos Hunyadi, located in Vajadahunyad in Romania. The gateway is in Gothic style: on the left there is a tower, a copy of one which is locate in north Hungary; the tower on the right remember the one which is locate in Sighisoara. Behind the buildings in Romantic style, there is a church built under an example of the Benedectine Church of Jak.

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    Central Pest: Vajdahunyad Castle

    by antistar Written Aug 4, 2009

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    It looks like something from a Dracula movie, and that's because it is largely a copy of the Vajdahunyad Castle in Transylvania. It's not actually a castle at all, but a mock castle built in millennial exhibition in 1896, originally in wood and cardboard. It proved such a hit that it was rebuilt permanently. It's an impressive looking building, and looks completely out of place in the center of a modern city's main park, but that otherworldliness adds to its attraction.

    Within the castle complex you can find a faux-medieval church and the Agricultural Museum, which didn't exactly fill me with excitement. Still, better than Munich's potato museum...

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Vajdahunyad Castle is not a castle but a fascinating building located in Varosliget, the City Park. Today it hosts the Hungarian Agricultural Museum.

    How it came into existence is quite interesting: originally it was built in timber and... cardboard! It was only meant to be temporarily there - for the 1896 World Exhibition to mark the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of the Magyars in the Carpathian Basin. The building was divided into sections, and each section was a small-scale reproduction of Hungarian traditional buildings.

    People liked this strange building immediately, so the timber and carboard palace was taken down, and replaced by an identical one - this time in the more solid brick and stone.

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    Vajdahunyad Castle

    by miman Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    This early twentieth century Budapest castle is a unique blending of many different architectural styles. Situated in City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapestwhich at 1 square km is the largest park in Budapest, Vajdahunyad Castle began its life as a structure made of wood and cardboard. It was built for the city’s millennium exhibition in 1896 and was a huge hit with both the locals and those visiting Budapest. The castle, actually an enclave of buildings rather than just one structure, was designed by architect Ignác Alpár and is said to be modeled from a castle of the same name in Transylvania, Romania. Because the castle became so popular with residents, the city decided to make it a more permanent structure. Ják Chapel, Vajdahunyad Castle, BudapestTherefore, in 1904, reconstruction of Vajdahunyad Castle began, using brick and stone and following Alpar’s original plans with just a few small changes. What makes this castle so unusual is its combination of architectural styles. If you’re visiting Vajdahunyad, a glance from one side may determine that the structure is Gothic. A walk around the castle may give one the impression that this is a Baroque building. Indeed, it’s a combination of Gothic, Renaissance/Baroque, and Romanesque, built that way, according to some, to show the world all the architectural Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapeststyles that can be found in Budapest. Several years after the millennium exhibition ended and all the artifacts were returned to their rightful owners, the Hungarian Royal Agriculture Museum opened inside the walls of the castle.

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  • Vajdahunyad Castle

    by Lena1979 Updated Oct 25, 2005

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    Behind the Heroes' square, you can find a fairytale-like castle. Vajdahunyad Castle is not a real castle, despite of its name. The castle was built to show the development of architecture in Hungary. The complex of buildings reflects different architectureal styles that can be found in Hungary, among them Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, etc. Though built in different styles, the buildings match together like the pieces of a puzzle and make up a cohesive unified architectural form.

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