Photos: Remains of buildings last seen before World War II found at Buda Castle

Buda Castle, one of the Hungarian capital’s most important landmarks, is undergoing renovation. During the renovation of the castle, the remains of the main building were discovered. According to the National Haussmann Program, the discoveries could answer several questions.

Part of the marble stucco wall covering found in Buda Castle

Buda Castle Toilet Hall

View of the coat hall looking north. Source: Irvin Szabo Library in Vvarosi (Facebook/National Haussmann Program)

The experts National Housman Programs A small piece of the marble plaster wall covering of the coat hall was found in its original place (in situ). A field of arches was also found in the western wall of the hall. Top-down reports.

During the excavation of the buildings of the northern wing of the Buda Palace, marble fragments from the Hausmann Palace were actually found under the surface of the Hunyadi courtyard. However, their original location was uncertain.

Visual plan of a toilet hall

Visual plan of a toilet hall. Source: Citadel Management (Facebook/National Housman Program)

The importance of the newly discovered marble plaster is that it demonstrates beyond doubt the colour, use of materials and texture of the original wall covering.

Until now, it has been impossible to determine precisely in the absence of color photographs.

Marble plaster toilet

A small piece of the marble plaster wall covering the coat hall. Source: Várkapitányság (FB/Nemzeti Hauszmann Program)

The original wall color is now known

After pieces of grey, brown and yellow artificial marble were found earlier in the courtyard, the original wall cladding is now white with pieces of light gray field.

Experts also found the remains of a blind arch in the southeast corner of the former toilet. A special feature of the arch is that in 1911 a statue of Gyula Janković, Lipatolvaj (The Goose Thief), carved from Carrara marble, was erected in front of it.

The work was badly damaged during the siege of the palace in 1945. However, it miraculously survived the Communist era, Lilippo writes. After its restoration in 2016, it can now be admired in front of the reborn St. Stephen’s Hall (Szent István-terem), and in the Stairwell Hall of the History Museum in Budapest (Budapest History Museum).

National Housman Programs

One of the main goals of the Hausmann National Program is to restore Buda Castle to the splendor enjoyed by visitors in its heyday at the turn of the century. As part of the reconstruction, the building will regain its former facade and roof, and part of the interior will be revived.

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