The Hauszmann ramp connecting the Csikós yard and the Hunyadi yard in the Buda Castle has been completed

Hungarian version of the article: Elkészült a Csikós-udvart és a Hunyadi udvart összekötő Hauszmann-rámpa a budai Várban

Written by: Pestbuda.hu

January 3, 2022 at 2:00 PM

The Hauszmann ramp connecting the rebuilt Csikós courtyard and the Hunyadi courtyard has been completed, and its external appearance is an integral part of the rest of the castle wall, including the recently renovated Ybl retaining wall. From now on, the ramp can be reached again on foot to the level of the Buda Castle.

Based on the surviving photos, contemporary plans and the expectations of the modern age, and keeping the archaeological values in mind, the experts rebuilt the ramp connecting the Csikós courtyard and the Hunyadi courtyard, the National Hauszmann Program writes in its statement.

With the help of the ramp, next to the previously handed over Stöckl stairs, the connection between the entrance level of the Riding School and the Main Guard is revived, ie you can go from Csikós yard to Hunyadi yard on foot, comfortably and without obstacles.

The Hauszmann Ramp is now open to visitors (Source: National Hauszmann Program)

The designer, Alajos Hauszmann, called the ramp “sloping roads for lowering and raising horses,” so the name Hauszmann ramp used today became established later, presumably between the two world wars. The ramp that suffered the devastation of World War II with major damage was destroyed in the second half of the 1970s, the statement said.

The building rests on a medieval buttressed wall, providing unobstructed access to washbasin blocks, service and shop areas with changing rooms, and benches, rubbish bins, planted and tubed trees in the surrounding area.

The name Hauszmann ramp presumably became common between the two world wars (Source: National Hauszmann Program)

The appearance of the reborn ramp is an integral part of the rest of the castle wall, including the recently renovated Ybl retaining wall.

The ramp was made with a red clinker brick cladding and limestone cladding, while the pavement was covered with a fan-patterned porphyr stone block. Copies of the original trophy reliefs were placed on the wall of the edifice. The original reliefs, which were damaged in the war and then disappeared during the Ybl-Hauszmann reconstruction of the palace, were transferred from the façade of the old Guard to the ramp.

Made of red Klingt brick and fits the rest of the castle wall (Source: National Hauszmann Program)

The symbol of the terracotta-colored building, named after the designer of the Budavár Palace, is a candelabra placed on a pedestal on a turning point next to the building of the Main Guard. It witnessed many historical events of the 20th century. According to the original plans, the experts also created wrought-iron luminaires that had disappeared during the decades of communism, the light source of which was already equipped with modern technology. Visitors can enjoy a lavish view in the evenings thanks to the decorative lighting on the walkway and retaining walls.

Visitors were able to take possession of the building of the Main Guard and Riding School, the Stöckl Stairs, and most of the Csikós courtyard from the beginning of autumn, which was reborn after the communist destruction. The renovation of the area will continue even after the handover of the ramp: the renovation of the tower of the Karakas pasa, in which a cozy café will be established, will be completed this spring.

Source: National Hauszmann Program

Cover photo: Hauszmann ramp connecting the rebuilt Csikós yard and the Hunyadi yard (Source National Hauszmann Program)


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