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History of the Royal Palace Gödöllő

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The history of the palace

The history of the palace

Count Antal Grassalkovich I (1694–1771), one of the most notable aristocrats of the 18th century, began construction of the largest Baroque palace in Hungary in around 1735. The double U-shaped, 8-winged building was flanked by a church, orangery and bath house to the north, and stables and a riding hall to the south. The unique architecture of the Palace served as an exemplary model for other Hungarian palaces of the Baroque period.
The second golden age of the building began in 1867. Bought and reconstructed by the Hungarian state, the Palace was presented as a coronation gift to Emperor Francis Joseph I (1830–1916) and Queen Elizabeth (1837–1898) for use as a residence. The royal family would spend the spring and autumn hunting seasons here.
From 1920 onwards the Palace served as a summer retreat for Governor Miklós Horthy. This period ended with the outbreak of World War II. Although the building itself was left undamaged, most of the furnishings were carried away or destroyed by the German and Russian troops invading in 1944.
From 1945 onwards Soviet troops were stationed in the outbuildings, while the main building, classified as a historic monument, became a home for the elderly. These abuses led to a gradual decay of the Palace over the following decades.
Conservation work on the Palace began again in 1985. As a result of this, the first permanent exhibition was opened in 1996: the ceremonial hall and the royal suites. Several new halls have been added to the exhibition since then. Renovation of the Baroque Theatre was completed in 2003 and the Pavilion in 2004.
2010 saw the Gisela and Rudolph wings (named after the royal children) restored to their former splendour with EU support, a section of the Park was renovated and reconstruction of the riding hall and the Baroque stables was completed.
            Historical traditions, a variety of cultural events and its wonderfully restored, uniquely impressive complex and surroundings make the Palace one of the most attractive and exciting buildings and institutions in Hungary.

 

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20th Liszt Festival

20th Liszt Festival

One of the Highlights of autumn events is the Franz Liszt Festival, which will take place on the 20th time. The program includes pieces among others from Chopin, Liszt, Schubert.
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25 years-Anniversary of the renewed Palace

25 years - Anniversary of the renewed Palace

The Royal Castle of Gödöllő has many services, should mostly convey a sense of life. This is true for exhibitions, it is true for concerts, it is true for programs, but it is also true for a wedding or conference. We would like to make sure that all visitors, regardless of why they came to the Gödöllő castle or its nature-protected park, leave here, so that they certainly tasted the royal feeling of life here, absorbed the Hungarian culture and art. From arrival to departure, every element of the visit that the guest experienced here, be it the washroom, the cloakroom, the exhibition, the concert or a kind word from the people who worked here, was worthy of the Royal Castle. As in all of our lives, so, of course, in the life of the castle, there have been difficult and beautiful, memorable periods in the last 25 years. It is not my intention to summarize the outstanding events in the history of the quarter century now, as there will be appropriate forums for this throughout the year. I would like to highlight just two issues: in 2019, our exhibitions were viewed by 243,000, making us the most visited castle museum in the country, in addition to which we organized more than 300 events. I wish you all the best in 2021! Let's take care of each other! dr. Tamás Ujváry Executive Director
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The queen's furniture has returned home!

The queen's furniture has returned home!

The queen's furniture has returned home! Queen Elizabeth's personal furniture, dressing table and glass showcase arrived at the Royal Castle in Gödöllő   Dr. Tamás Ujváry, the managing director of the Royal Palace of Gödöllő Public Benefit Nonprofit Ltd., reminded that the castle operates as a real Sisi cult place. The building also celebrates its anniversary, as it was abandoned by the Soviet army thirty years ago and then opened in 1996, albeit only in part, to visitors in 1996. The anniversary is also connected with the arrival of the two special pieces of furniture, which were successfully repurchased with the help of the National Castle Program and the NÖF, said Dr. Tamás Ujváry. Speaking about the National Castle Program and the National Castle Program, which he supervised as a ministerial commissioner, Zsolt Virág said that they are aimed not only at the restoration of the buildings, but also at their mental rehabilitation. This includes returning any former furnishings to the walls, he noted. According to him, Queen Elizabeth's former dressing table and glazed display case appeared at an auction in Germany, where they were bought back at a starting price, and from Friday the public can meet the artefacts in the castle's permanent exhibition in the queen's dressing room.  
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