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Map of Budapest
Hungary, facts and history in brief
Budapest, facts and history in brief
Fertõd was called Eszterháza until 1950.
No one seem to be sure whether Eszterháza
was called after the Eszterházy, one of prewar
Hungary's nobel and richest family's or the family
got their name from the village.
The village is famous for its magnificent,
opulent and beautiful Palace.
The Palace, the largest and most magnificent
in Hungary, styled on and rival of the
Palace of Versailles.
Work begin on the Palace in 1720
and seen many additions and enlargements
over the following years in French
Rococo and also Baroque style.
The Palace and her master the 'Sparkling'
Miklós Eszterházy enjoyed
their heyday between 1768 and 1790.
During this period the Palace enjoyed
an 'extravagant, opulent' reputation
and many of Europe's Kings, Queens
(including Maria Theresa) and nobles
were entertained here.
The complex included an Opera House,
Music House, where Joseph Hayden
was in semi permanent residence,
After Miklós Eszterházy's
death the family moved to and embraced
a less extravagant lifestyle.
The Palace was abandoned and neglected.
During WWII it was badly damaged and
After WWII some schools were established
within the Palace, but restoration work
did not start until 1970s and
it is still in progress.
The village population is about 3000.
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