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Three Hungarian projects have won Europa Nostra awards, the European Union’s cultural heritage prize, the europanostra.org website said on Thursday.

The reconstruction of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts was “an excellent recuperation of the splendour of an early 20th-century museum”, the jury said. The reconstruction has restored areas destroyed in the second world war, and corrected “inappropriate changes” undertaken in the decades since, they said.

HT Vlog #9: Museum of Fine Arts

Another prize-winning project, “The secret life of a palace”, presents a little known period of the Royal Palace in Gödöllő, near Budapest. Between 1950 and 1990, the now-beloved tourist attraction functioned partly as a nursing home and as barracks of the Soviet army. The project worked with 12-18-year-old students, and “much communication was made with the original stakeholders of this history,” the jury said.

The Uccu Roma foundation offers educational modules in the cities of Budapest, Pécs, Miskolc and Ózd, “related to cross-cultural sensitivity and the intangible cultural heritage and history of Roma”, the website said.

Altogether 21 projects from 15 countries were awarded the prize in 2020, the website said.

In the featured photo: the Museum of Fine Arts after the renovation. Photo by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI