The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is one of the cultural and tourist centre  which can be found in the 1. district, in the Castle district. In the place of the present Palace the first buildings were built during the first half of 14th century. A lot of Hungarian Kings run its royal court in the Royal Palace, its top was the reign of King Matthias (1458-1490). Amoung the European royal courts this was one of the first which established the reneassainnce architecture style.

During the Turkish reign (16-17th cenrury) the Palace was governed by the Turks during 145 years, but at the battles of recapture the palace was almost totally perished. In the 18th century the Palace was rebuilt and during a newer reconstruction in the second half of the 19th century got its present neo-baroque style.

The palace was the residency of the Governor Miklós Horty between the two world wars, then during the 2. World War it was seriously damaged for the bombing. The palace was reconstructed after the war, but it never again got back its former form.

At the moment a great number of authorities are working in the Royal Palace such as the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest Historical Museum and the National Széchenyi Library. Beyond them this is the superb place of a lot of cultural events, such as Feast of Crafts, Wine Festival and Beer Festival. In every year many hundreds tousands of tourists visit the imposing buildings of the Royal Palace.