The colours of the Pest side
The roof of the library building offers the most beautiful view from the Pest side of the Danube. And once you've crossed the river, it's worth admiring the roof tiles of the Fővám Square Market Hall, a popular shopping destination for tourists, diplomats and royalty visiting Budapest.
One of the most spectacular buildings on Üllői út, the Museum of Applied Arts, which is covered in green and yellow Zsolnay tiles, proved divisive among the public at the time of its completion. Many called it the 'palace of the Maharajah' – perhaps knowing, perhaps not, that Ödön Lechner, the building's designer, and Vilmos Zsolnay had been in London studying oriental ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum shortly before the tender for the building was launched. In addition to the hexagonal tiles and brilliant colours, the ridge tiles of the sawtooth roof are also worth a look.
In the city centre's Hold utca, one of Ödön Lechner's most imaginative creations, the Post Office Savings Bank, also boasts a unique roof. The yellow, blue and brown folk art pattern is complemented by rooster-shaped tiles on the roof, while snake-shaped ones coil around the corner towers. The curved roof over the entrance is topped by bull heads, known from the bull's-head cup of the Golden Treasure of Nagyszentmiklós. The glazed beehives on the roof level refer to the function of the building (bees symbolise frugality).
Walking through the City Park Zoo, you will also find Zsolnay tiles on the Elephant House, which was designed by Kornél Neuschloss. Turning onto Stefánia út in the 14th District, you'll notice the bluish roof of Hungary's oldest research institute, the Geological Institute. Venturing a little further out of the city centre, you'll see the dazzling roof ornaments of the Church of St. László in Kőbánya, which was consecrated in 1899. At 83 metres tall, the Church boasts the second largest tower in Budapest. If you look closely, you can also spot the same finials that can be seen on the roof of the Museum of Applied Arts.