Sándor Kisfaludy's first volume, Himfy szerelmei - A kesergő szerelem [Himfy's Loves - The Bitter Love], published in Buda in 1801, was a worthy opening of 19th-century Hungarian literature. Kisfaludy, who described his passionate love life in lyrical form, became an influential scientist and writer at a young age and was elected a member of the Hungarian Society of Scientists and the Kisfaludy Society. With his support, his brother Károly Kisfaludy published his famous yearbook, Aurora, which promoted Hungarian literature. Sándor Kisfaludy was born 250 years ago today.

After the foundation of the National Library 220 years ago, the donation of Count Ferenc Széchényi wandered for more than forty years, until it moved to its permanent place, the Hungarian National Museum. Later, the collection had to go from here as well, now Pestbuda will present the different locations in Pest.

It has been 125 years since Franz Joseph gave ten statues to Budapest on 25 September 1897. Most of the statues are still elegant decorations of the city to this day, and Pestbuda reported about them several times. However, we have now looked into what could have prompted Franz Joseph to give a gift.

The reconstruction of the building in Buda, originally designed by Alajos Hauszmann and Dezső Hültl, began in 2021, and recently the structural construction work was completed, so in addition to the construction of the roof and facade, the interior work will start in the autumn. With the reconstruction of the house at 1-2 Dísz Square, a wound in the cityscape that has been open for more than seventy years will be healed.

For nearly 100 years, a pontoon bridge built 255 years ago provided a way for traffic between Pest and Buda. But the pontoon bridge, used since 1767, was moved twenty years later because a new city quarter was planned to be built north of the Pest city walls. The bridge served traffic in its new location until the opening of the Chain Bridge, i.e. until the end of 1849.

The last major cholera epidemic broke out 150 years ago and reached Pest and Buda in the fall of 1872. They tried many things to fight it, but still, thousands of people died from the disease. With the end of the epidemic, significant health improvements began in the capital.

Few people know that at the end of Mátyás Király Road in Zugliget, in the forest, there is a special, 110-year-old statue of Kossuth on a huge pedestal. On the 220th anniversary of the former reformist politician's birth, Pestbuda will show the exact circumstances under which the work of art ended up in the Zugliget Forest, and also examine whether this was really the first public Kossuth Statue in Budapest.

Not only Dezső Kosztolányi (Üllői úti fák [Trees of The Üllői Road]) but also Zsigmond Móricz could come to our mind when we think of Üllői Road. One of the most famous authors of 20th-century Hungarian realist prose literature lived for twenty years in his home on Üllői Road, where such defining works as Tragédia [Tragedy] and Légy jó mindhalálig [Be Faithful Unto Death] were written. After the suicide of his first wife, the writer moved to an apartment building on Fővám Square with his daughters and then lived for a short time in an apartment in a pre-modern style house on Bartók Béla Road. Zsigmond Móricz, whose name is preserved by public works, public institutions, literary scholarships and numerous public spaces, died eighty years ago.

Over the past hundred years, a lot has changed in Városmajor, but culture and guaranteed entertainment have always been present and can still be found in the capital's first public park. The predecessor of the Városmajor Open-Air Stage, the open-air Park cinema, opened here more than a hundred years ago, but the fate of the park was also very interesting after that. In 1935, the well-known stage was built, which, along with its surroundings, has undergone continuous transformations over the past century, including recent times.

Thirty years ago, the removal of statues associated with the previous regime from Budapest's public spaces began. The monuments erected during the socialist era, including the statues of Marx and Engels, Lenin, and Béla Kun, were transported to the sculpture park created in the 22nd District, where they can still be seen in an open-air exhibition ever since.

The Reichmann Wing of the Charity Hospital, maintained by the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, has been renovated. The new, central laboratory is now located in a separate building, and the institution was expanded with a new institute pharmacy and other service units.

Monument protection in Hungary is 150 years old this year. The rich history of the past century and a half is presented on more than six hundred square metres at the exhibition that has just opened in Vigadó, Pest. Visitors can get to know the different types of monuments, the award-winning restorations of the past years, and the history of monument protection can be traced along a timeline.

The exterior renovation of the St. Michael's Church on Babér Street in the 13th District has been completed. The Neo-Romanesque church, built of reddish brick and white stone, was built in 1930 according to the plans of Ernő Foerk.

Hungary's first smart kindergarten will be built without demolishing the old building. During the reconstruction and expansion of the 13th District panel building, aspects of sustainability and digital development are also taken into account.

In the last years of the 19th century, during the works before the foundation of the Fisherman's Bastion, a cavity hiding skulls emerged from the ground, which the architect Frigyes Schulek referred to as one of the Castle's old dungeons. But he could have guessed its original function because he deemed it worthy of preservation, but the place was then forgotten again, only to be found again in the middle of the 20th century: now the place has been identified as the medieval St. Michael's Chapel, which since 1997 has been one of the most interesting details of the Fisherman's Bastion.

The Hild Square playground in the 5th District will be completely renovated, as well as the public areas connected to the square and a small section of Mérleg Street. An accessible washroom will be built on the square, and a drinking fountain, a humidifier, a ping-pong table, new benches and bike racks will also be installed.

Today, it is natural that the screen in the cinema is huge, it can be up to 24 metres wide and 18 metres high, and you can watch movies with surround sound or in 3D. In the 1950s, however, it was different in Hungary, the screens in the cinema were only a few metres wide. The first wide-screen cinema was Corvin, damaged during the revolution and rebuilt in 1957.

The Petőfi Bridge is perhaps the least known bridge in inner city Budapest. It is not a spectacular creation, it is not photographed by visiting tourists, but still, from a traffic point of view, it is one of the most important crossings in the city. The bridge was handed over 85 years ago, on 12 September 1937, back then it was called Horthy Miklós Bridge.

Ödön Lechner became really famous for the Hungarian architectural design language, which he began to use from the last decade of the 19th century. However, his career as a designer started much earlier, at the very beginning of the 1870s, and he had a nice upward curve: one hundred and fifty years ago, several buildings were realized at the same time according to his ideas, although not yet in the style that would later become characteristic. We present some of them below.

More and more people moved from Pest, which began to grow in the first half of the 19th century, to the mountains of Buda, because instead of traffic and crowding, calmness and fresh air awaited them there. The larger plots also made it possible to build free-standing villas with gardens, many of which were designed by the most employed architect of the period, József Hild.

Zsigmond Móricz died on 5 September 1942, at the age of 63. On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of his death, a memorial service was held in the Fiumei Road Cemetery. His tombstone, which was created by his good friend Ferenc Medgyessy, a Kossuth Prize-winning sculptor, was also renovated for the anniversary.

Ferenc Pulszky was the director of the Hungarian National Museum for a quarter of a century, and there he assisted the founding of other museums created during that period. But Ferenc Pulszky was much more than perhaps the most significant director of the Hungarian National Museum, he was the "culture pope" of dualism.

The restoration of the monumental Vilmos Aba-Novák fresco depicting the seven days of creation in the church in Városmajor has been completed. The 160-square-metre fresco consists of seven large pictures of creation and 42 small pictures with biblical themes. Now the part depicting the seventh day can be seen on the ceiling in its original beauty as well.

The intersection of Rákóczi Road and Outer Ring Road can now be crossed freely on the surface in all directions, as the third new pedestrian crossing at the Blaha Lujza Square junction has been completed. The pedestrian crossing is located on Rákóczi Road, on the Erzsébet Bridge side.

Thanks to his legacy as a photographer, we get a detailed picture of the state of Budapest after the unification, the structure and construction of the city, the old houses, the decoration of the buildings, the people appearing on the streets, their clothing, their lifestyle, and the everyday life of the Hungarian capital. The cityscapes of György Klösz are objective, yet they provide a special aesthetic experience, without them, we would look at the Budapest of the time in a completely different way. We visited the locations captured by him with Pestbuda's photographer and present them on video (in Hungarian).

The winning tender was selected, based on which the Ecseri Road metro station and its surroundings will be renovated. The design renders show that there will be pavilions with glass walls and new plants. The surface arrangement of the metro station is expected to begin in the spring of 2023.

Almost 150 years ago, in 1873, the imposing building of the Royal Hungarian Main Post Office was completed in the city centre. The floor plan and cost plan of the postal palace bounded by three streets were prepared by Henrik Koch, and the plans for the glass roof of the inner courtyard were prepared by Antal Szkalnitzky. The historic building bordered by Petőfi Sándor, Párizsi and Városház Streets was also privately owned, and they wanted to turn it into a hotel more than ten years ago, but the former Main Post Office is still unused today.

On the corner of Tűzoltó Street and Bokréta Street in Ferencváros, there is an eye-catching residential building. Passers-by often stop to take a closer look at its building ceramics, its carefully and artistically carved gate or the small corner tower that decorates its dome. The house was once the home of the internationally famous Zupka carriage manufacturer and then vehicle body builder family, and it was built right next to the factory in 1912. On the site of the assembly plant, a modern residential building stands in Tűzoltó Street, but the former family home designed by the architect János Bach has fortunately been preserved for posterity.

A 17th-century mortar ball was brought to the surface by the bomb-disposal experts from the bed between the Danube Chain Bridge and Erzsébet Bridge. The cannonball with a diameter of 30 centimetres did not contain any pyrotechnic material. The special find may have been dormant in the river since the siege of Buda in 1686.

A large section of a road from the time of Sigismund of Luxembourg, dating from the beginning of the 15th century, was excavated by the staff of the Budapest History Museum at the Buda Castle, in the area below the Savoy Terrace. Medieval and early modern layers can also be observed on the excavated road section.

Built next to the Néppark in the 17th District, the 6,000-square-metre, two-story sports and event centre provides opportunities to play sports, attend cultural events, and meet. The community space was named after the late head of the district, Mayor Levente Riz.

A public area was named after Gedeon Richter, the well-known Hungarian pharmacist and factory founder, who was born 150 years ago today. A section of Vaspálya Street in the 10th District between Kőér Street and Noszlopy Street bears his name. A memorial was also placed at the beginning of the street.

The renovation of the specialist clinic in Kapás Street has begun. The reception area on the ground floor under renovation, the patient management system is being modernised, and medical equipment is also being purchased.

The reconstruction of the M3 is expected to be completed in May 2023, according to BKV. Ferenciek Square and Deák Ferenc Square stations will open to passengers in January, Arany János Street and Nyugati (Western) Railway Station stops will be handed over in March, and Nagyvárad Square and Lehel Square stations will open to passengers in May.

The renovation of the St. Joseph Parish Church in the 8th District, Horváth Mihály Square, has been completed. After the renovation of the facade, the reconstruction of the interior of the church was also completed this year.

The government decided to postpone and reschedule a total of 284 planned state investments, according to a list published a few days ago. The measure also affects construction projects in Budapest: the conversion of the Kelenföld railway station building or the development of the ELTE Trefort Garden campus will be postponed, among other things.

The new building of the Luther Home - Evangelical Student Home opened its doors in the 11th District, on the site of the headquarters of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Hungary. The modern, 21st-century higher education college was built in Lágymányos, next to the universities.

One of the most unique cemeteries in Hungary, the Salgótarjáni Street Jewish Cemetery in Budapest was opened in 1874, adjacent to today's Fiumei Street Cemetery. Many grave monuments combine elements of Jewish symbols and Hungarian folk motifs. Most of the mausoleums serving as the final resting place of the elite of Pest's Jews were designed by Sándor Fellner and Zsigmond Quittner. Anyone can see them on 4 September.

On 20 August, the bust of King Saint István in the Gábor Baross settlement in the 22nd district was inaugurated. A structure was also erected around the wooden creation. The new monument was placed at the Ispiláng street bus terminal.

During the weekend, visitors can see special Ikarus buses in Kőbánya, in the Diesel Hall of the Észáki Járműjavító. Among the vehicles of the Transport Museum, the famous Faros Ikarus, as well as types 211 and 311 will be exhibited, and for the first time, an Ikarus 256 bus will be on display.

After the restoration work was completed, the memorial stone of the theater was placed in its place on Blaha Lujza Square. The monument marking the site of the former National Theater was inaugurated in December 1973, exactly 100 years after the foundation stone of the National Theater was laid.

The work requiring traffic restrictions at the Lánchíd bridgehead in Buda has ended, but the road section between Halász street and Döbrentei square will remain closed until 22 August due to the national holiday on 20 August and the fireworks. During the modernization works of the Lánchíd, the experts also carried out the reconstruction of structural elements crucial to the bridge's stability at the bridgehead in Buda.

The exhibition opened on Margit Island, in the historic Water Tower, presents the figure of King Attila, as well as the history of the Huns and the Hun Empire. The exhibition also provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of the time and court life.

During the excavation at Budafoki road in the 11th district, the archaeologists uncovered a seven-thousand-year-old well, which was created from the hollowed-out trunk of a large tree. Previously, details of a Neolithic and an Árpád-era settlement came to light in the area.

The former Diplomatic House on Szentáromság square was demolished at the beginning of 2022, and a new conference center will be built in its place, the visual plans of which have already been presented. The plot was recently transferred to the property manager of the MNB.

The first railway crossing was originally built in 1877 on the part next to today's Rákóczi bridge, the bridge has been rebuilt several times since then, expansion of its capacity was proposed as early as the 1910s, but it was only recently expanded to three tracks. The line is one of the country's most important east-west railway connections. 150 passenger and 100 freight trains cross the approximately 500-meter-long bridge every day, and 2.8 million passengers used it last year.

The public tender for the design of the new building of the University of Technology was announced. The call states as a separate clause that the Innovation and Development Center to be built on the site of the demolished Goldmann György square buildings of the BME must be worthy of the existing building complex on the Danube, which is part of the world heritage.

During the reconstruction, new street furniture was placed on Jókai Square in the 4th district, the green area was renewed, trees were planted, and a fountain was also placed.

György Zala owes the central sculpture group of the Millennium Monument on Hősök Square with the Archangel Gabriel to György Zala, as well as the original Andrássy and István Tisza statues in Kossuth Square, or the dignified seated statue of Queen Elizabeth in today's Döbrentei Square. Zala was one of the busiest sculptors of his time, and his legacy has an architectural aspect: his villa in Pest was designed by none other than the master of Art Nouveau, Ödön Lechner.

Five new locations have been added to the list of historical monuments. Among them is the former Landerer printing house in the 5th District, where the 12 points formulating the demands of the 1848 revolution and the National Anthem were printed.

There are a total of 40 kilometers of nature trails in the capital, and you can find them in almost every major nature conservation area. The staff of Főkert, together with other organizations, renovated the entire route network on the Pest side for the summer of 2022.

As part of the Áron Tamási commemoration year, the Hungarian Academy of Arts organized a fencing exhibition in honor of the great creator of Hungarian literature. The exhibition of 17 paintings related to the oeuvre of the writer, who was born 125 years ago, can be seen at 101 Andrássy road until October.

The Museum of Applied Arts, which has been closed for renovations since 2017, has temporarily opened its doors. The glass hall and ground floor gallery of the building designed by Ödön Lechner and handed over in 1896 at the end of the millennium celebrations can be visited, where you can see a special selection of the war-damaged and never exhibited art treasures of the ducal treasury of Esterházy.

From 1 August, Vörösmarty square , Széchenyi István square , Podmaniczky Frigyes square , and József Attila street will be owned by the state and managed by the 5th district local council. The law on this matter was adopted by the Parliament today.

Although many people protested against it earlier, the Nelson Mandela Park was handed over on the northern slope of Gellért Hill, in the area between the Philosophers' Garden and Hegyalja street. The Capital City local council timed the handover to the 104th birthday of the first colored president of the Republic of South Africa.

A new family-friendly leisure park will be created on the banks of the Little Danube by the end of 2023 in the 21st district Holland street youth camp. A playground and pedestrian walkways will be built on the Csepel site, the existing boathouse will be renovated, and tennis courts will also be created. Demolition of the pavilion and dressing rooms, which were in poor condition, has begun.

The nearly 10,000 square meter wall surface of the Citadel is being renovated, the first restored wall section can already be seen on the northern side of the rondella. The white limestones from Süttő and the carved red limestones from Tardos were covered with a special layer to make them durable. The completed wall section will soon be followed by the reconstruction of the entire Danube facade of the Citadel and then the Buda facade of the fortress.

In the 13th district's Szent István park, in the area between Pozsony road and Hollán Ernő street, the corner plots, which have been surrounded by low fences until now, will be turned into a community garden. The basketball court will also be renovated.

The remains of the Premontre monastery founded in 1264 were found by diver archaeologists along Háros Island. The monastery was built during the time of Béla the 4th and was destroyed during the Turkish era. The supposed location of the building was previously searched by several archaeologists. Many carved stones of medieval origin were found in the debris field, including blocks of blocks and fragments of window frames, but more recent finds were also found.

The renovation of the former downtown transformer house in the courtyard of the City Hall, the former Merlin Theater building, will begin soon. After the works are completed next year, the building will reopen as a cultural and community space.