||Sights / secular public building
||Budapest V. kerület
||1051 Budapest, Vigadó tér 2.
Vigadó (literally translated as “Funhouse”) was designed by Frigyes Feszl and was opened in 1865. It was the most important concert hall of the 19th century. Among others Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms and Claude Debussy gave numerous successful concerts here. The palace also hosted balls, representative public events and conferences. During the Second World War the building suffered major damages, but in the 1970s, it was rebuilt according to the original plans. However today the most important concerts are held in the Palace of Arts, the Music Academy and the Opera as their acoustics are much better, but the Vigadó Gallery still remains an important forum for contemporary art exhibitions.
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