Saturday 14 June 2014

Gresham Palace


Gresham Palace is in the Liotvaros district on Szechenyl Istvan Ter. A magnificent Art Nouveau building, it was commissioned by a British insurance company in 1904 and is named after the financier Thomas Gresham.

The building was in an awful state when it was acquired by a hotel chain in 2001 but it has been lovingly restored: authentic materials and even the original workshops were sought out to do the job.

The whole building is a masterpiece

great attention to detail


and so representative of its period.

Fantastic balconies


beautiful bas-relief work

the top of the magnificent entrance
It looks great at night too

The lobby


one of the lifts



Art Nouveau at its best

nice decorative touches

This area was reserved for a wedding reception


a closer look at the magnificent wrought iron peacock gates


a closer look
a view of the gates from the outside


 wonderful stained glass designed by Miksa Roth.


Wrought iron gate separating the private from the public areas


The restaurant

The entrance to the bar


the bar

Miksa Roth's windows at night.

An Art Nouveau masterpiece.


  1. Is there no end to these stunning buildings?

    1. Olga, basically, no. That's the wonder of Budapest. And there was lots we did not see.

      I keep telling myself that I have posted too much on Budapest and that I should stop, but, who knows, we might never go there again, there are so many place to visit, and I want this record of what we did and saw - I don't look at my photographs anymore, I just look at my blog posts, and I want to have this record, so, there will be a few more.

    2. The problem with writing comments is that you cannot hear my tone of voice. I should have added an explanatory following sentence at least. I do not wish your posts on Budapest buildings to cease; I am simply amazed at how much intact wondrous architecture of that period there still is. How rich the city must have been at that time, and how astonishing that so little, if any, was destroyed by a regime which must have seen the buildings as bourgeois and therefore anathema.
      My comment was meant to be an exclamation of wonder. Your blog is a fascinating way for me to see a city which I am not likely to visit myself, so thank you.

    3. Total misunderstanding, Olga. I took your comment in the spirit it was intended and the first line was my answer.

      I then voiced my own thoughts about my posts on Budapest, I feel there have been too many and with hindsight I would have organised them in a different way. I am basically ready to start writing about something else, but feel that I should finish with Budapest, that's all my comment was really about: me, just thinking out loud, so to speak. So, apologies if it made you feel uncomfortable. I really appreciate your input and enjoy reading your comments and would hate it if you started feeling self-conscious in any way.