St. Stephen’s Hall won a grand prize at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. It was designed by Alajos Hauszmann, with the participation of such outstanding artists and craftsmen of the time as Endre Thék, Vilmos Zsolnay, Gyula Jungfer and Alajos Strobl. The hall was completely destroyed in World War II but is now being rebuilt in its original glory.
The historic structural restoration of the southern wing of Buda Castle, which houses St. Stephen’s Hall, is now complete, and in the coming weeks, the interior design work will begin.
Hungarian master artisans have been working on the design for years. The interior includes aspects such as Zsolnay-ceramic mosaics depicting the kings and saints of the Árpád House, a bust of St. Stephen, metal and goldsmith work, walnut wall paneling, and custom furniture and curtains. One of the most defining elements of the interior is the Zsolnay fireplace, which is more than 2 meters wide and 4.5 meters high. Much of the work being done on the hall involves trades that are disappearing today.
The new space will expand the visitor experience of Buda Castle and create an opportunity for them to spend more time in the building.
Following the monumental reconstruction of St. Stephen’s Hall, the complete exterior and interior renovation of the palace complex will continue. The development falls within the framework of the National Hauszmann Program.