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The extraordinary Museum of Decorative Arts was built, like many other constructions, for the Hungarian nation millennium celebrations of 1896, following the designs of architect Odon Lechner, sometimes known as the ´Hungarian Gaudi`.
The most impressive part of its facade is the combination of brickwork, the shine of its coloured tiles and the use of Zsolnay factory made ceramics. You will also see in its design a mixture of art nouveau, traditional and exotic features.
This is a museum which displays the extraordinary richness of Hungarian decorative art.
What really grabs your attention inside is the central hall, a lovely area of white marble that seems to have been inspired by the Alhambra in Granada. You should pay particular attention to its magnificent roof, a great iron and crystal structure from which once hung a pendulum used to demonstrate the rotation of the earth.
Surrounding this hall are the museum’s galleries, housing splendid collections that are on display in five different departments. They include an impressive display of gold and silverwork, textiles, ceramics and crystals, among which are some fine pieces in the art nouveau and secessionist styles. In addition, there is a section containing Hungarian furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Be aware though that before entering, you should check that it is possible to visit all the sections. This is because there are times when only temporary collections are on display.
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