The New Theater – Új Színház – is located across the street from the opera house. Walk to the end of the narrow Dalszinhaz Utca and you will see this very striking Art Deco edifiace.
Designed in 1909 bu Hungarian architect Béla Lajta the Új Színház was originally the night club Parisiana. In 1910 the name was changed to the Crystal Pallace and in 1912 it was changed again to the simpler Dance Pallace. The name game continued in 1919 when the moniker became the Variety Theatre and then quickly afterwards in 1925 The National Theatre and later both the Studio Theatre and AndrássyTheatre.
In the 1950’s the façade was restored and it was once again renamend to the Jókai Theatre. In the 60’s the facade frieze was demolished and the buidling become the Thalia. Finally to be restored and resurrected in the 80’s as the Új Színház.
Currently the building is still quite striking and worth a look when you are in the neighborhood.
It’s the fierceness of the Hungarian Heros that is most striking. They gather in a tight circle beneath the Archangel Gabriel; who rises high above them all. These are the sevan leaders of the seven Magyar tribes that conquered the Carpathian Basin in 896 and founded Hungary in the 9th century (Arpad, Elod, Ond, Kond, Tas, Huba, Tohotom).
These statues are magical and powerful and captivating
Cradeling the column, we find a nod to modern Hungary. A two part semicircular colonnade displaying the rulers of the Habsburg dynasty in chronological order..
Build for the Hungarian Millenium in 1896 to conmemorate 1000 years of Hungarian history, the Hősök Tere lays between the Műcsarnok (Palace of Arts) and the Szepmuveszeti Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Just behind the square is the Varosliget (City Park), The Vajdahunoy Castle and a bit further on are the Szechenyi Baths (A nice walk will take you between them all).
Try to get here eary in the morning to avoid the tour buses or visit at the end of the day. We were there once after dark and it was quite another magical scene.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Everyday Winter
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Everyday
Completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, St. Stephen’s Basilica was named after the first King of Hungary (975–1038); whose mummified right hand is kept in the reliquary. The building is an absolutely magnificent carved work of art. The dome is 96m high and filters daylight in a magical way, reflecting in guilded textures the detail of the mosaics. Absolutely breath taking.
A good tip is to bring binoculars so you can see the details of the mosaics (they are so intricate they can easily be mistaken for frescos!!). Make sure you walk all around the building; and know you can walk up to the cupola for some great views of the city
Attending mass outside of visiting hours gives a different perspective on this lovely cathedral. Be sure to also find out about any of the organ concerts often happening- they are sonically stunning!