Big changes are coming in the Buda Castle
Posted by Ágnes Taraszovics · Oct 26, 2015

Buda Castle is facing major transformations. The developments of the next few years define the image, functions, traffic system and life of the area for a long time.

National Hauszmann Plan is the largest project of the coming years, aiming to renew Buda Castle District. Functional changes in the life of the Castle, renewal of the Trinity Square and the Carmelite Monastery, restoring Villa Budapest and rebuilding a Jewish ritual bath… all of this will come true within the framework of the project.

We have already mentioned the reconstruction of the castle district in several articles, so if you are a regular reader, the individual details are already in place. The project is related to the Várkert bazaar opening of last year (it's practically at the foot of the castle) and the museum quarter that will be built in the City Park, as the National Gallery (which also moves to the Museum Quarter) is currently in the Buda Castle.

It’s hard to decide whether the meaningless demolitions of the communist era (St. Sigismund Chapel, Teleki Palace, Main Guard building) or the later interventions that conserved the weird conditions caused greater damage in the Buda Castle. The "cultural acropolis" dreamed in the sixties only partially fulfilled the expectations: the National Gallery shows the finest creations of Hungarian art in completely inadequate spaces, the transport links of the National Széchenyi Library are poor, the warehouses are full.

Although the castle district is wonderful as it is today and it’s one of the most popular attractions of Budapest, the reconstruction is actual for a very long time. Now the aim is to renovate and restore the previous conditions, because many faulty demolitions and not authentic restoration work has taken place during the communist era. Under the Hauszmann Plan reconstructions of senselessly demolished buildings and ones injured at the II. World War will start soon. The former horse farm, the Guard building and the Stöckl- stairs will be built back.

As the result of the reconstruction, the Buda Castle will be much closer to the original, coherent concept, but the development will also have a number of practical benefits. The painfully empty western side of Szent György Square finally gets a worthy background wall, it will be much easier to approach the building complex from Tabán, and touristic benefits will not be missing out either. The ornate riding stables and its associated barns will be rebuilt above the underground garage. Equestrian programs, fairs and balls will also take place in this representative event place. It will be quite similar to that of the Vienna riding hall at the Hofburg, which is one of the most popular attractions. The Castle that will be empty due to the moving is expected to be a governmental center.

pictures: KÖZTI

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