196304_00.jpg Master of Romanticism Hugó Máltás passed away 100 years ago Hugó Máltás is one of our lesser-known architects, even though he had an extremely long career and life: he died at the age of ninety-four, in 1922. The fact that his name did not enter the public consciousness can be attributed to his much more busy contemporaries, primarily Miklós Ybl. However, Máltás also designed quite a lot, especially during the period of Romanticism. A summary of his works is presented below.
In the footsteps of Endre Thék, Miksa Róth, and Gyula Jungfer - Turn-of-the-century fine art and crafts will be taught again In Budapest, several of the previously destroyed buildings of historical importance have been recreated in recent years, but due to the lack of skilled craftsmen, the implementation was a huge challenge. The reconstructions currently underway and planned in the future will be helped by the fact that starting next year, a training course will be launched in which these crafts, which also require artistic talent, can be mastered at a high level - it was announced at the Hauszmann Foundation's conference in Buda Castle on Thursday.
Giant trees are being planted in Szomory Dezső Square in the inner city Urban-tolerant giant trees with broad sprawling crowns are planted on Szomory Dezső Square, adjacent to Deák Square. In addition, the fountain pool of the Well of the Danaids on the square will also be renovated.
The Advent tram will run again from Friday The attraction of the Advent and Christmas period is the Advent tram. This year, the nostalgia vehicle will appear not with the usual Christmas light decoration, but with a cozy interior decoration on tram line 2 and at several different points in the capital.
The Clark Ádám Square roundabout has regained its original shape As of 21 November, the original, large roundabout can be used by those travelling on Clark Ádám Square, as the first phase of the square's restoration was completed over the weekend. The renovation of the Chain Bridge continues with the renovation of the sidewalks and the reconstruction of the historic elements.
The country's Christmas tree was erected in front of the House of Parliament The country's Christmas tree has arrived in Budapest and decorates Kossuth Square in front of the Parliament from Advent to Epiphany. The 18-metre-tall pine, weighing more than 6 tons, was transported from Apc in Heves County to the capital.
Ferenciek Square and Deák Ferenc Square metro stations will open to passengers in January From January, metro cars will stop at two more stations, Deák Ferenc Square and Ferenciek Square, on metro line 3, which is under renovation. Reconstruction work is still ongoing at four other locations: Lehel Square, Nyugati Railway Station, Arany János Street, Nagyvárad Square stations, and the finishing touches are being made to the installation of the elevators at Dózsa György Road.
The Trianon flight ban was lifted 100 years ago Aviation became available to civilians after World War I. New flights appeared one after another in the passenger and mail traffic of European countries, and more and more cities were connected by aeroplanes. However, Budapest could only join air traffic later, because the ban on flights that hit Hungary based on the Treaty of Trianon remained in force until 17 November 1922.
The Museum Garden, where Petőfi also visited - The scene of liberty, love and history The garden of the Hungarian National Museum is a symbolic place, the emblematic location of the events of 15 March 1848, which earned its name: the garden of the nation. It is one of Budapest's most popular public parks, which was already a popular resting place for city residents in the 19th century. In the Museum Garden, visitors can see the statues of famous writers and heroes of liberty, among its oldest trees is the Japanese acacia, which already saw the funeral of Lajos Kossuth in 1894, and it is where the Paul Street boys played in Ferenc Molnár's famous novel. Pestbuda's video reveals how much people had to pay to sit on the bench in the past, what the future Queen of Albania did here and how long 15 March has been celebrated in the garden of freedom and love.
The Vizafogó Park and pavilion building won the Budapest Architecture Award This year's winner of the Budapest Architecture Award was the Vizafogó Park and pavilion building in the 13th District. The Attila 99 Loft apartment house, the hotel and condominium apartments in the former Józsefváros Telephone Centre, the A15 villa in Zugliget, the Budafoki Zöldike Nursery, as well as the Bakáts Square and surface arrangement of the connecting streets received praise.
The exploded Margit Bridge: the half-reconstructed crossing was handed over 75 years ago The elegant arches of Margit Bridge are one of Budapest's jewels. This graceful and beautiful structure was also destroyed by the Germans in World War II. The bridge was rebuilt in two parts, the southern side was handed over 75 years ago: it was open to the public from 16 November 1947.
Following József Hild Classicist houses in the centre of Pest, elegant villas on Svábhegy, and the outstanding works of a great Hungarian architect: those interested can get to know the legacy of József Hild in the coming weeks, through the buildings they can find out what the era was like in which he created, how Pest and Buda developed during the booming period of Reformation in a special atmosphere.
Decorative lighting for Christmas will be up in the most important public areas of the inner city There will be a Christmas market on Vörösmarty Square and in front of St. Stephen's Basilica, and Christmas lighting will be up on Szabadság Square, Ferenciek Square, Váci Street, Egyetem Square, Olimpia Park and a few other streets. Although in fewer places but the inner city will be dressed in festive lights, the 5th District Local Council takes care of the Christmas atmosphere.
Lajos Lechner, the creator of modern Budapest, died 125 years ago Lechner is a well-known name in the world of architecture and engineering: the former is mainly due to Ödön Lechner, and the latter to Lajos Lechner. Despite the same family name, they were not related, and their artistic and technical talent developed independently of each other. Lajos, who died 125 years ago, moved on a completely different path than Ödön, who was a good decade younger than him. Take a look at a summary of what Hungary and especially Budapest, owes to him.
Conversion of the former BÁV headquarters will be postponed According to previous plans, the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church would move into the former Central Pawnbroker Offices monument building on the corner of Kinizsi and Lónyay Streets in the 9th District. However, the public procurement procedure announced in the spring was declared ineffective due to a lack of funds.
The renewed building of the Franciscans in Pasarét was handed over In a quiet green area of Buda, on Szilfa Street in the 2nd District, the building of the Franciscan order can be found, which also houses a kindergarten and a day care centre for the elderly. The house was completely renovated and remodelled this year, the slate roof was replaced, and its ceremonial inauguration took place a few days ago.
The house where Kálmán Mikszáth regained his zest for life Lovers of literature must have thought many times about the circumstances under which a masterpiece of their favourite author was born. In what environment was that particular poem or novel written, in what state of mind was the poet or writer, did he work in a coffee house, or did he write down the famous lines and sentences at home, or sitting in the open air, in the shade of a tree. Pestubda now presents Kálmán Mikszáth's home on Lónyay Street, where the writer wrote several novels.
Citizens waited four years for it: the Community Park was handed over in Máriaremete The new leisure park has been completed in Máriaremete in the 2nd District, on the block of land that also includes the Dezső Gyarmati Swimming Pool and the József Pokorny Sports and Leisure Centre. The concept of the Community Park was developed back in 2018, and the residents of the neighbourhood were able to take possession of the area a few days ago, which also includes sports fields, a playground, a jogging track, and a fitness park.
The heating of the Parliament will only be modernised in the next cycle - The placement of the Holy Crown must be taken care of as well The House of Parliament was handed over in the fall of 1902, but the heating of the nearly 18,000-square-metre public building - which was one of the world's first district heating systems - has never been modernised. The assessment of outdated technical systems has already begun in Budapest's best-known monument, and the investment plan and cost estimate will be completed by 31 May 2023. After that, the government will decide whether planning for the internal reconstruction and modernisation of the building can begin, and then it will also be decided whether the National Assembly will have to move out during the renovation period.
Wooden blocks, small stone blocks, asphalt - All about the roads of the Chain Bridge The asphalt track of the Chain Bridge has been completed in the past few days, and the load testing has already been carried out. This is the umpteenth roadway of the bridge, and it has probably changed the most in the last nearly 175 years.
Whose masterpieces were demolished: Mátyás Zitterbarth Jr. died 155 years ago The development of a large city is always accompanied by the demolition of buildings, as old ones are replaced by new ones that already meet modern needs. Mátyás Zitterbarth Jr., who created in the first half of the 19th century, largely fell victim to this phenomenon. However, he was a brilliant architect, which is proven by the fact that the mayors of the city of Pest entrusted him with the design of important public buildings. Pestbuda now presents his demolished and still-standing works.
Archaeologists have researched a Roman villa built in the 4th century, from the last period of Aquincum Archaeologists have been researching a Roman-era villa and its surroundings in the 3rd District in Harsánylejtő in recent weeks. The building was built in the last period of the ancient Aquincum, in the 4th century. According to experts, the majority of the inhabitants of the civilian city had already moved into the walls of the military city, and the former villa area of Aquincum was inhabited by soldiers or nobles who could pay for military protection.
This is how the Chain Bridge was load tested On Saturday, 12 November, the load-bearing of the Chain Bridge was tested with 24 20-tonne trucks. Based on the primary data, the crossing passed well.
Our everyday heat - Gas heating began to spread in Budapest 50 years ago Gas heating in Budapest was only built en masse in the 1970s, and after that, it became so popular that it was much easier to sell such apartments than those with electric or district heating. Due to the significant increase in energy prices, the way of heating apartments in the capital will likely have to be changed again. But take a look at what they used to light and how our ancestors heated in the past century and a half.
All four lions have returned to the Chain Bridge The lions decorating the Pest bridgeheads of the Chain Bridge have also returned to their original place, so the number is now complete: all four statues stand on the three-metre-high granite plinth, guarding the bridge's entrance. The restoration took more than a year.
The cogwheel railway will be shut down for the whole winter due to high energy prices The operation of the cogwheel railway will be suspended until spring - this was decided by the Budapest City Council, BKK and BKV. The public transport vehicle, officially numbered 60, has not been running since 3 October due to track renovation, but the outage would have lasted only until 17 November. Due to high energy prices, they are now stopping its traffic for several months.
Nuns and communists also used the present headquarters of the Institute for the Blind Hermina Road, which marks the eastern border of City Park, is primarily known for its churches: the Hermine Chapel, which also gives its name, and the Church of the Immaculate Conception on the corner of Ajtósi Dürer Way. However, between the two hides a lower, yet dignified-looking building, which was originally built by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and handed over ninety-five years ago.
The Headquarters of the Hungarian Defence Forces has reached its highest point The Dísz Square building of the former Hungarian Defence Forces Headquarters (or High Command), which is under reconstruction, has reached its highest point, and the structure of the dome has already been placed on top. On this occasion, following the traditions, a topping-out ceremony was held. The tree together with the steel frame of the roof lantern adorning the dome was raised to the roof of the palace in front of the guests invited to the ceremony.
The new specialist clinic of the Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Hospital was named after a renowned cardiologist The new Kőbánya specialist clinic on the corner of Maglódi Road and Lavotta Street in the 10th District started operating in March, and now it has officially received a new name. The institution was named after Gyula Kerkovits, the famous Hungarian cardiologist, in whose honour a relief was inaugurated at the entrance to the clinic.
Eighty trees are planted on Blaha Lujza Square The planting of trees has begun in Blaha Lujza Square, which is under renovation: a total of eighty new trees are being planted in the boxes previously created for them. In their surroundings, a skeletal soil was built to help the roots grow. It will remind people of the National Theatre, which was demolished and blown up in 1965, that the outline of the building will appear in the paving, and burgundy-coloured public furniture referring to the theatre's former chairs will be placed in the square. The renovation will be completed this year.

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