The most beautiful concert hall in Budapest, located along the Danube
Promenade in Pest, was completed in 1865, replacing an earlier concert
hall (designed by Mihály Pollack) destroyed in the Hungarian War of
Independence in 1848-1849.
The style is best described as Oriental and Hungarian Art Nouveau
mingling with romance and a rich addition of uniquely pleasing detail,
down to perfection. Frigyes Feszl, the architect of the new building,
was commissioned to make the plans in 1859 - just six years after his
first major work, the Dohány street Synagogue was inaugurated (check the
similarity between the two onion-domed towers of the Synagogue and the
Károly Lotz and Mór Than, star artists of the age, have painted the
ballad themed-frescoes of the interior. The imposing main concert hall,
which can accommodate up to 700 people, is to this day one of the most
significant venues of music life in Budapest. The chamber hall (220
seats) hosts drama performances, chamber concerts and various other
The Vigadó Gallery is one of Budapest's most popular art exhibition
centres. A few years back, the Ibiza-based Pacha has opened a popular
night club in the building's first floor, but due to renovation works
they moved out.
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