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Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) 29C XIV. Hősök tere, T: 469-7100, www.szepmuveszeti.hu, open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., temporary exhibitions until 6 p.m., and on special Museum Thursdays until 10 p.m. ••• This building, on the left side of Heroes’ square, is one of Europe’s significant fine art museums. Parliament decided to build it in 1896 for the Hungarian Millennium (the 1000th anniversary of the probable year that Hungarian tribes arrived in the territory of presentday Hungary). Their requirement was that “the museum should be monumental yet unpretentious, that it should enhance rather than rival the exhibited works”. The site was donated by the city,

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performed here. In the early 1970s I often came here to watch their progressive, modern performances. The building has been owned by the Hungarian Association of Journalists for decades. There’s also a chic restaurant, called Premier, which operates in the basement in the cold season, otherwise in the garden.

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A Hungarian Press House B KogArt House C Museum of Fine Arts D “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” E The Archangel Gabriel and the Seven Chieftains F Millennary Monument G Kunsthalle H Owl’s Castle Restaurant I Gundel Restaurant J Zoo K Palm House in the Zoo L Bird Andrássy út and Városliget 229 House in the Zoo

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