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- Buda Castle
- Alt Name:
- Budai Var
- High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
- 1200AD - 1299AD
- Heroes Square, Hungarian Parliament Buildings,
Hungarian National Museum, Fisherman’s Bastion,
Buda Castle history
Buda Castle (Budai Var) is a vast palace in Budapest’s Castle Quarter housing a series of museums including the National Gallery.
In the thirteenth century, the then separate cities of Buda and Pest were endangered by Mongol raids, to which Pest succumbed in the 1241-1242. A few years later, King Bela IV decided to fortify Buda, a project completed in around 1265, offering his subjects defensive walls within which to shelter.
The first incarnation of Buda Castle dates to the fourteenth century, but since then it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, including by the Ottomans in the sixteenth century. Rebuilding projects took place throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as well as extensive renovations following World War II. As a result of the constant changes to Buda Castle, it’s difficult to identify the periods to which each part of the site dates.
Those who want to learn about the history of Buda Castle can visit the Budapest History Museum, which is located within the castle.
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Address: Castle Quarter, Budapest
Phone: Contact local tourist office
Directions to Buda Castle:
Trams 19 and 41 stop nearby at Clark Ádám tér as well as buses 16, 86 and 105.
Buda Castle opening times and ticket prices:
Check entry details for each museum.
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