The Vajdahunyad Castle is a definite must see tourist attraction located in the City Park of Budapest, Hungary. The construction on the castle began in 1896, originally made of wood and cardboard and was a huge success and a very popular site with both the locals and tourists. It was built as part of the Millennial Exhibition celebrating the thousand years of Hungary since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin in 896. Due to its massive popularity with residents and tourists alike, the city decided to make it a permanent structure. The reconstruction of the castle began in 1904 using stone and brick and closely following the original architecture and was completed in 1908.
The architecture of the castle has special importance as it was designed ,by Ignac Alpar, to portray several landmark buildings of the Kingdom of Hungary especially the Hunyad Castle in Transylvania. Furthermore, the architecture also contains parts of buildings from various time periods and as a result displays different architectural styles such as Renaissance and Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque. This makes the castle truly unique as it gives it many different looks and styles and was built this way to show the world all the architectural styles found in Budapest.
The castle houses the Hungarian Royal Agriculture Museum, which was opened in 1907, and also contains many statues including the statues of Anonymous and of Bela Lugosi. The true identity of Anonymous is unknown, however, it is known that he lived in the 12th century and that he was a notary of Bela III of Hungary and that he wrote the chronicle Gesta Hungarorum which translates to the Deeds of the Hungarians. The Castle is truly a must see, whether it be for the different styles and eras of architecture which have been beautifully put together, the rich history of the castle and the agriculture museum or for the breathtaking sites of its surroundings.
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