This eye-catching room in the southern connection wing of the Buda Castle, which has a café and a gift shop on its ground floor, was created almost from scratch through the cooperation of great designers and specialists, and as a result of many years of art-historical research. Saint Stephen’s Hall was completely destroyed in World War II, and instead of being restored after 1945 but it was used as a warehouse and office.
Saint Stephen's legacy is still alive today
During the National Hauszmann Programme, the original plans were hunted down and photographs searched for. During construction any and all objects found in Hungarian museums that had a connection to the original hall, as well as those uncovered as part of on-site excavations were used. You can get to the hall, whose rebirth brings it close to its original form, through the historical exhibition presenting special artifacts related to St. Stephen, including a bust that was made in 1635 in Zagreb. You can also admire an installation that was specially designed for the space by the world-famous Hungarian artist Sámuel Havadtőy. The exhibition shows how the place was made, and why it is one of the foremost achievements of Hungarian applied art. But also provides an insight into King Saint Stephen’s living legacy and into its contemporary artistic interpretation.