Vajdahunyad Castle - Vajdahunyad-vár, Budapest

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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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    Anonymus statue

    by MedioLatino Written Oct 4, 2004

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    Anonymus magister was a historian, who wrote the first book about hungarian history in latin. The book, called "Gesta Hungarorum" is known from a copy made in the 13th century. The artist era, age, name and the reliability of it's writing is still base of debates among historians.

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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.

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    A romantic walk

    by Robert_Hun Updated Apr 23, 2005

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    Behind Heroes' Square (Hosok tere), in the City Park (Varosliget) you can find a small lake (for pleasure boats in the summer and ice-skating in the winter) and a charming castle which is a replica of the Vajdahunyad Castle in Transylvania (Rumania). It houses the museum of agriculture and a nice little chapel.

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    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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    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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    Vajdahunyad Vár-from outside

    by 1courage Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    The gothic & the renassaince parts of the complex
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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.

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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 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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    Vajdahunyad vara: the Church

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 16, 2005

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    Vajdahunyad vara: the Church

    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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    Hungarian Agricultural Museum

    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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    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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