Tradition & History

Budapest gem wins international architectural awards

Gül Baba’s Tomb received the Gold prize in the Community Development category and a Silver for Heritage.

Founded in 1951 and operating in more than 60 countries, the Paris-based FIABCI, holds the International Real Estate Development Awards every year. This year, the international jury was attended by 63 prestigious professionals from 31 countries.

Budapest’s complex reconstruction of Gül Baba’s Tomb and its surroundings won a Gold in the Public Infrastructure category of the FIABCI World Prix d`Excellence 2020, while it also took home a Silver in the Heritage category.

In 2015, a project to bring Gül Baba’s Tomb and its hanging garden back to life was launched with funding from both Hungary and Turkey; the total budget was HUF 2.5 billion.

The goal was to reconstruct the entire district, thus making it a strategic investment in the area’s cultural heritage, which had been neglected for decades. The project took place with the cooperation of the Turkish and the local district governments. Now, in the second district of Budapest, there is a new oasis surrounding the renovated tomb. 

The poet Gül Baba is said to have died in Buda in 1541, after the Ottomans captured the city or during the preceding siege. His tomb was built by the Ottomans sometime between 1543 and 1548. 

Today, the site is home to a unique public park with a Mediterranean hanging garden, with various terraces for visitors to enjoy. The park features numerous benches, an ornamental fountain, and lighting, as well as nearly 140 trees, 2,300 shrubs, more than 400 roses, 2,700 perennials and 570 climbing plants.

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