A photo-walk along Budapest's 'Cultural Avenue'
Originally named after Prime Minister Gyula Andrássy, a key advocate for building the avenue, Andrássy Avenue has had many names since its inauguration in 1885. It was named Stalin after World War II, Hungarian Youth in 1956, People's Republic from 1956 to 1989 and Andrássy Avenue again, since 1989.
The eclectic palaces and houses that line the avenue were built by the most distinguished architects of the time for aristocrats, bankers and landowners.
Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau and Neo-Classicist architectural styles can all be found along Andrássy Avenue making it a great place for an architectural walk.
Recognized as a World Heritage Site, Andrássy Avenue is often called the 'Cultural Avenue' of Budapest, because of the many museums and galleries located along the avenue. One of them is the House of Terror Museum.
Named after its shape, Oktogon is the busy intersection of Andrássy Avenue and the Grand Boulevard.
The Opera House, perhaps the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance building on the avenue, opened in 1884. It was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph and designed by Miklós Ybl, one of Europe's leading architects in the mid to late 19th century.
Andrássy Avenue connects the city center (Erzsébet tér) with City Park. It's a long avenue and the Millennium Underground Railway runs beneath its entire length.
Take a stroll on Andrássy Avenue and you'll understand why Budapest is often called the Paris of the East.
Photos by Márk Mervai