Budai Vigadó Theater

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The Budai Vigadó construction of Budapest's management last quarter of the 19th century, the old Buda citizens desire fulfilled. On the left bank of the Danube on the Pest Redout and its successor, the Pest part of Budapest Vigadó has long served the needs of contemporary public culture, giving the correct location concerts, dance in the larger guild gatherings. The rentals were far from Budapest, since the 1900s the Danube effectively separated the two parts of the city and public transport was not particularly fast and convenient, so it was time to develop the Buda side as well.

The opportunity came in 1894, when the Hungarian royal treasury Council acting on behalf of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Public Works and Budapest the capital of the old and obsolete barracks buildings was given a chance to take over gradually. The Main Street, at the corner of School Street Corvin Square and the capital was owned by the military warehouse avoiding decided to place the Buda Vigadó building. The production of building plans for public tender. For 12 projects submitted in the first place kallina Mor and joint work Árkay Aladar won.

The Austrian-born kallina, graduated from the Technical University in Prague, Vienna, and initially, then starting from the 1870s onwards, he worked mainly in Budapest, in 1896, the Vigadó was designed 52 years. Timisoara-born young son-joint plan of 1896, Aladar Árkay 28-year-old made the interior design of the call for proposals thoroughly tied. The Budai Vigadó including a large, multi-purpose assembly hall (concert and ball at the same time), catering for premises, spaces, residential units to design goals for the club.

World War II approached, the capital of the war-tight space management institutions. One sign of this was probably when the building first floor room of the Food Distribution Center Ticket Office started to operate in 1941 and 1942. Finally, one of the victims of the war as a whole has become a cultural activity in the Budai Vigadó well. The Minister of Defence, National Military Care Authority established by decree of the central offices for national defense purposes, used the temporary use of the building as a whole, the rental housing and II in the 2nd floor of the operating Budai Vigadó. with the exception of District Public Registry Office localities. In 1944 and 1945, it was badly damaged.

Between 2006 and 2007, completely renovated inside and out Vigadó. Almost the exact blueprints they tried to restore the original splendor of the basis of the records and old photographs. The building today is government-owned, operated by the Ministry of National Resources, occupies a large part of the Heritage House.


The design of the facade of the building reflects mainly the impact kallina Mor. Outside of eclectic style, while inside the Art Nouveau style, the latter compensates for the external simplicity. Imposing foyer and wide, columned marble staircase accept the entry. Huge wall mirrors, the Art Nouveau frescoes decorating and Erik Pauli (Est and the morning) when used in the habit of decorate the interior. The level theater room, richly decorated spacious lobby greeted the guests, the theater became 306 seats. In addition, the decorated 270 rooms and three large arc lamp lit up. The theater hosted the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, and came here for a year, including 100 to 120 times.