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Buda-Past: Do You Know Which Iconic Building of Budapest Celebrates its 148th Birthday in January?

Fanni Kaszás 2018.01.08.

Do you know which iconic building of Budapest celebrates its 148th birthday this month?

The original, wooden bulding, which burnt down in 1874. photo:

The building serves a public ice rink, the largest and one of the oldest in Europe, located in the City Park in Budapest, between the Heroes’ Square and the Vajdahunyad Castle.

Budapest Skating Club, founded by Géza Kresz in 1869, requested to use the City Park lake every winter for skating. The City Park Ice Rink was officially opened by Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria on 29 January, 1870.

The second building, by the plans of Ödön Lechner (1975). photo:

The original building, a two-room wooden booth burnt down in 1874 and the City Council ordered a new one. It was designed by famous Hungarian architect Ödön Lechner and was completed in 1875. Skating soon became extremely popular in the capital and the City Council decided to expand the building. By the plans of Imre Francsek, a new, neo-baroque building was built in place of Lechner’s in 1895.

After the last renovation (2009-2011). photo:

During the II. World War, the ice rink and the building has suffered damages and became unusable. It went through a complete renovation after the war, as well as between 2009 and 2011, when the main building was restored to its 19th-century look.

via, About Hungary,