Vajdahunyad Castle - Vajdahunyad-vár, Budapest

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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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    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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    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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    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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    STATUE OF ANONYMUS

    by balhannah Written Mar 14, 2014

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    In the courtyard Vajdahunyad Castle is the statue of Anonymus. Why would they make a statue with the name Anonymus? Good question!

    Anonymus was very popular. This statue had a queue of people wanting to have their photo taken with the statue.

    Anonymus was a Monk, who nobody knew much information about, only that he lived in the 12th century and was chronicler to King Béla. It is through his chronicles that we have information on Hungarian history today.
    The problem is, there were four kings called Béla during the 12th & 13th centuries, making it hard to identify him or the monarch.
    The statue of this mysterious person has a hood over his face - this makes him anonymous!
    Even though we know little about him, he still is an important historical figure in the history of Hungary.

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    by hungariangirl896 Written Aug 25, 2012

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    Vajdahunyad Castle is a beautiful site in the city park behind Heroes' Square. This castle is based on the original Vajdahunyad Castle in southwest Romania and was made for Hungary's millenium celebrations. This castle "copy" illustrates a few different architectural styles including Gothic and Romanesque. Because of all these different styles, you can see that this castle is really many buildings put together (if you look closely). A small lake surrounds the castle and in the winter there is ice-skating. Sometimes they have festivals at Vajdahunyad Castle throughout the year (like the Mangalica sausage festival). If you come at any other time, you can visit the Jak chapel and Museum of Agriculture. Vajdahunyad Castle is a very nice place to walk around and explore if you are in the area.

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    by Danalia Updated Sep 16, 2011
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    The vajdahunyad Castle is a castle in City Park, Budapest, Hungary, that 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.

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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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    Ják Church

    by mikey_e Written Jan 16, 2009

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    Ják Church (I think the Hungarian name actually calls it a chapel) is, in effect, part and parcel of Vajdahunyad Castle, but owing to its separate placement on the castle lands and the interesting architecture of the building, I thought that it was worthy of a separate tip. The Church has the same sort of Gothic design that distinguished Romanian or Moldovan churches from those farther west. In particular, the intricate carvings along the entrance catch my fancy, and help to make the church seem older than it actually is (I assume that it was built at the same time as the castle). The exterior is lovely, but the interior doesn’t have a huge amount to attract tourists (the Spanish tour group that was there when I visited was particularly grumpy about it).

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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.

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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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    Anonymous Magister

    by Airpunk Written Sep 20, 2008

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    He was one of Hungary’s most important writers, but his name is still a secret. The Anonymous Magister’s main work is the Gesta Hungarorum, an early manusacript of Hungarian History, dating back to the 12th century. Although the most accepted theory is that he was the chancellor of King Bela III of Hungary, this is not proven and his name remains still unknown. A bronze sculpture, which gices the observer a good impression of the mystery revolving this author, is located in the court of Vajdahunyad Castle.

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    Hungarian Agricultural Museum / Vajdahunyad Castle

    by Airpunk Written Sep 13, 2008

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    This small castle was built in 1896 for the millenium celebrations of the hungarian state. It shows a crazy mix of different styles from the past centuries. Today, the castle is used by the Hungarian Agricultural Museum which shows items from agricultural life in Hungary. I didn’t enter the museum, so I can’t say much about the exhibition. The castle itself was nice enough. Ist name, Vajdahunyad Castle, comes from a castle at the city of Vajdahunyad. The tower of Budapest’s castle is a copy of that castle’s tower. You can enter the inner court during daytime and have a look into the chapel. Another point of interest.is the bronze sculpture dedicated to the Anonymous Magister.

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    by ophiro Updated Jul 21, 2008

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    Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára in Hungarian) is located in City park right behind Heroes Square.

    The castle was first built by Ignac Alpar between 1896 and 1908 for an exhibition from wood and cardboard but because of it's popularity the built it again from bricks and stones.

    Today you can see the Agricultural Museum inside the castle.

    In the court ot the castle there is a statue called "The statue of Anonymus" , anonyumus is a chronicler that wrote the first history book of Hungary (people think he is King bela the 3rd).

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    The Anonymus Statue

    by 1courage Updated May 30, 2008

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    Budapest is undoubtly one of the world`s richest city in statues. It`s almost impossible to select the best. But for me maybe this statue is surely the "Non plus ultra":) The sitting statue represents the notary of the great king, Béla the 3rd. (1172-1196). He is the autor of the book called "Gesta Hungarorum" in wich he summarize the history of Hungary. Thank to this insestimably important historical document, we know lot of things about the conquest of Hungary and the first centuries of the Arpadian house. However, as since he didn`t sign his book, we don`t know exactly his name (or we do?-some say that he hided his name as an anagramma in his book). This is one of the 10 sculptures, given to Budapest, as a gift of the "Kaiser", Franz Josef.
    The statue was made by Miklós Ligeti (1903). It`s so mysterious that we cannot see his face. I find it a genial idea!

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