Royal Palace’s renewed St Stephen Hall opens to public
The reconstructed St Stephen Hall of the Royal Palace in Budapest's Castle District was inaugurated in a ceremony on Wednesday.
Gergely Gulyas, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, noted in his address that the lavish hall, created in 1902, had been destroyed in the second world war. He welcomed the progress made in the overall reconstruction of the Castle District, with several of its buildings “regaining their former splendour”.
Gergely Fodor, government commissioner in charge of the reconstructions, said that an authentic replica had been made, evoking the original hall, which had won the Grand Prize at the Paris World Exhibition of 1900.
Reconstruction of the hall took six years to complete. The operations were managed by architect Tibor Angyal and art historian Tibor Rostas.