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Located on the outskirts of the city, on the banks of the Danube, the National Theatre is a modern construction dating back to 2002. It is worth knowing that its construction was surrounded by controversy. Its architect, Mária Siklós, had in mind to construct an eclectic building combining different architectural styles, in order to pay homage to other important buildings in Budapest that have the same characteristics.
However, the result was not to everyone’s tastes. And while some defined it as ´the new symbol of Hungary`, others labelled it ´the maximum expression of post-modern kitsch`.
The truth is that it is an excessive and rather extravagant building, but one also worth visiting. What will surely grab your attention are its large dimensions and gaudy statues, as well as the mix of classic elements, porticos and columns. Have a look too at its strange gardens and the structure of the facade, replete with ramps that lead nowhere.
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