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Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts houses one of Europe’s principal art collections and is found in a splendid neo-classic building erected in 1906, located in ´Heroes’ Square`. Its facade features a copy of the sculptures from the Zeus Temple in Olympia: Apollo is in the centre, surrounded by lapitas and centurions.
Among its more than one hundred and twenty thousand pieces it is particularly worth visiting those in the historic painting section, which is made up of thousands of works from Spain, Holland, Germany, Italy, France and England. All of them are found in the renamed, ´Gallery of Old Masters`.
The pictures that will probably most catch your attention are those by great artists like Rafael, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velázquez, Goya and Picasso. There is also an excellent display of work by French artists from the romantic period up to the post-impressionist one. What really stand out here are the works of Delacroix, Monet, Cézanne, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Make sure you do not miss the displays of Egyptian and Greek roman objects either, these include wooden sarcophaguses, base-reliefs, ceramics and lovely sculptures.
It is worth taking into account the fact that this is a large museum where it is difficult to see everything on view. One option is to sign up for one of the free guided tours offered from Tuesday to Friday at eleven o’clock in the morning. However, if you prefer to go it alone, you should decide beforehand which works you really want to see.
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Hungarian Opera Theatre (36)
National Museum of Hungary (33)
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