Despite suffering only minor structural damage during the lengthy period of Turkish occupation, it was completely destroyed by the pan-European Christian army which liberated Buda in 1686. During the early part of the 18th century, work commenced on a much smaller Baroque Palace, although by 1779 its overall size had increased significantly.
Less than a century later, the Palace was damaged again, this time during the 1848-49 War of Independence. The subsequent reconstruction work, which finished in 1904, more than doubled the size of the Palace from the original Gothic structure. Yet this was not the final episode in the Palace's turbulent history.
During World War II the building served as the command post for German occupying forces. In the final months of the war, the advancing Red Army besieged the Palace and, amidst fierce fighting, completely gutted the building. The present post war reconstruction, which includes Baroque and Gothic elements of original features from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, now houses the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest History Museum and the National Széchenyi Library.
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New York, New York
March 30, 2011
From journal Old World Charm with a Modern Outlook
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
December 25, 2010
From journal Modern tourist Hungary
July 13, 2005
The Palace itself was gutted during the Second World War. Today, it hosts several distinguished institutions: the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest History Museum, National Széchényi Library and the Ludwig Museum.
From journal A Magyar Experience
September 8, 2003
From journal One Week In Budapest
July 14, 2003
From journal Budapest: Beyond Western Europe
Seoul, South Korea
September 14, 2000
From journal One night in Budapest