February 17, 2018

Architectural Gem in Budapest

Even though Budapest left me feeling Bleh, there were some amazing architectural gems I found in the city by the Danube.

One of these is the State Opera House. 

Budapest Opera House

Budapest Opera House

Built as part of the Hungarian millennial celebration of 1896, the Opera house was designed by one of Hungary’s most important architects, Miklos Ybl.

The building itself is a Neo-Renaissance beauty that also exhibits many Baroque elements.  Across the top you will notice many statues of the world’s great composers including Beethoven, Mozart, Verdi and Tchaikovsky.

Liszt Budapest Hungary Opera


Adorning the front are wrought iron lamps and 2 sphinx statues that seem to be guarding the entrance.  You will also notice a statue on either side of the main entrance.  These are two of Hungary’s most famous composersFranz Liszt is on the right and the first director of the opera, Ferenc Erkel is on the left.

Sphinx Statue Budapest Hungary Opera House

Sphinx Statue

With all the detail in this building, you can see why it took almost 10 years to complete! 

Side View Budapest Hungary Opera

Carriage Way

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  3. Mohamed says:

    I still have the third-grade flag. I display it on naonaitl holidays, most recently Labor Day. My mother offered to buy us a new flag with all 50 stars, but I’m attached to this one. Right on.

  4. Spencer says:

    I loved Budapest when I went there! The wide streets, the grand boulevards, the architecture, everything about it was just so fantastic!
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  5. Magnificent edifice my friend! Wow….I have so much of Europe yet to experience. Thank you for sharing your journeys!!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It works both ways! I haven’t been to quite a few of the areas you share so I live vicariously through your writing until the day I can visit for myself 🙂

  6. Robert says:

    Lovelt pics! This post’ve remembered me that I haven’t been to Budapest yet! I was supposed to go a couple of years ago with a friend of mine, but at the end we changed our plan and ended up to Oslo! Well Oslo is great, but thnk Budapest is worth a bit more…What do you think about Oslo vs Budapest?

  7. Francy R says:

    Lovelt pics! This post’ve remembered me that I haven’t been to Budapest yet! I was supposed to go a couple of years ago with a friend of mine, but at the end we changed our plan and ended up to Oslo! Well Oslo is great, but thnk Budapest is worth a bit more…What do you think about Oslo vs Budapest?
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I haven’t been to Oslo but am sure it is very nice! I’m sure you’ll get to Budapest soon.

  8. Giselle says:

    Hi Debbie.. I just love the photos here so much! It just makes me think to plan and get to this place immediately.. Thanks for this deb!

  9. jennifer says:

    This is really beautiful, a feeling of fulfillment when I can visit this beautiful place…

  10. ingrid says:

    what a splendid work of art!

  11. Carol says:

    Nice building construction! I love it. thanks for posting this wonderful picture and post!

  12. Dhyan says:

    They are just so beautiful places! I have never seen such nice places before.. Great photos provided here!
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  13. WOW! That is some kind of architecture. Holy smokes. How gorgeous!
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  14. I still hate that you think Budapest was blah but glad you found a side of it that appealed to you! 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I hate that it left me bleh too, Jeremy! I think a bunch of things collided in Budapest which is why I’m definitely going to give it another try.

  15. Sopjoe says:

    Debbie, Budapest left you bleh??? You must have been especially unfortunate with your visit. Or maybe you didn’t have enough goulash and local wine? 🙂

    The first time I was there is was still behind the Iron Curtain and I had no idea what to expect, but even in those dire East block circumstances, it was a wonderful city, icy cold (it was February), and full of mist and mystery – a fairy tale kind of place.
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  16. What a beautiful building. I haven’t been to Hungary (or Europe, for that matter) but am really enjoying the vicarious travel through your blog 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Ha, I live vicariously through a lot of people too 🙂 There are just so many places to go and never enough time or money!

  17. Laurel says:

    I love Baroque architecture, interesting that Budapest left you bleh, I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, but haven’t been yet.
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  18. nikki hill says:

    Hungary is so beautiful. They have been overshadowed by other cities in Europe but you have made it shine through your pictures.

  19. Nancie says:

    I’ve not been to Budapest yet. This is one lovely piece of architecture.
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  20. That is an impressive looking building. The details look great. I don’t know much about Budapest but always wanted to sail on the Danumbe.

  21. Sabrina says:

    Old opera houses… always fun to visit. I still remember the old one in Paris. It’s gorgeous inside and out.
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  22. Claire says:

    I just love architecture. The gems always make a not-so-great place worth it!
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  23. Dick Jordan says:

    Interesting. It looks somewhat similar to the Vienna Opera House. Per my post this week, I’ve only been to Budapest in a virtual sense.
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  24. Michael says:

    That is some structure. The architect must have had a great time designing and building this.
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  25. Lisa says:

    Beautiful building! Budapest is a city that I would love to visit. I have been trying to convince my family that a Danube cruise between Vienna and Budapest would be a great idea.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Your kids might enjoy the hydrofoil more but I don’t think you could go wrong with a day trip on the Danube!

  26. I can see why it took 10 years. It’s magnificent!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I really don’t understand how they build building like this! Especially with all the minute details.

      • We’ll never see anything like this in our time. Too detailed, too labor intensive.
        I miss those old days, even though I wasn’t alive! Craftspeople had pride in their work — it wasn’t all about money. Now we build buildings of glass, which I guarantee won’t be around for very long!
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        • Debbie Beardsley says:

          Very true! The craftspeople of yesterday did seem to have pride in their work. Plus during the medieval days it was such hard work.

  27. People say Budapest is similar to Paris. What do You think?
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I didn’t see Paris in Budapest but I’m probably not the best person to ask. Budapest left me feeling ‘bleh’. There were a lot of reasons for this so I’ve decided I need to return sometime 🙂

  28. Leigh says:

    What a grand looking building.
    Did you make it to the baths???
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      No, unfortunately I didn’t make it to the baths. I wish I had but it wasn’t in the cards for this trip 🙁

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