The Palace Quarter is a small part of Józsefváros (Joseph town) in the VIII. District. 

Józsefváros was named after Saint Josef or the later King József II. and for a long time the area hemmed in by Museum Boulevard, Rákóczi Street, the Grand Boulevard and Üllői Street consisted of only simple, one storey clay houses. However, after the great flood caused by the Danube in 1838, when Józsefváros was floaded by 2 meter water, the cob-wall houses were mostly destroyed. Approximately 900 buildings collapsed due to the flood and only 250 remained undamaged. A speedy renovation followed the tragedy and only stone houses were permitted, allowing the region to become more of a city.

After the flood the Hungarian National Museum was the first classical style building to be built in this area between 1837-1847 and it played a major role in the Hungarian Revolution in 1848. Behind the Museum stood the Hungarian National Equestrian Centre by the plans of Ybl Miklós from 1857 up until the end of World War II. The building gave place to the National riding school, and it offered the possibility to exercise fencing, shooting, and weight lifting for the noble gentleman. At that time the nobility lived in symbiosis with their horses - more or less in the same way as certain people today live with and for their cars. The horse cannot be ignored as the aristocrat solemny progress, in ceremonial choreography, at festivals, pageants, hunts, funerals and weddings. The Centre rapidly became the meeting point for the male nobility and was one of the reasons why the region were inhabited by the upper class.  Soon one street away Hungary’s first House of Parliament (Bródy Sándor utca 8.) was built and the few streets away the national theater. In the following years more than 50 palaces were raised within these few streets sticking the name “The Palace Quarter” on the area. 

The area today is known for its  vibrant hub of culture filled with restaurants, bars, galleries, and historic homes.

Click on the following link, to see some of the better-known buildings of the Palace District:

The secrets of Budapest Palace district revealed

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