Royal Palace of Gödöllő - the Kinghill Pavilion

Hungary PEST County 2100 Gödöllő Grassalkovich-kastély
September 16th, 2017 - September 17th, 2017

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The Gödöllő palace park’s only remaining building from the Baroque period is the Kinghill pavilion with portraits of the Hungarian leaders from the time of the Hungarian conquest and those of later Hungarian kings. It was Antal Grassalkovich I in the 1760s who had the hexagonal pavilion built at about 200 metres away from the palace. Galleries of ancestors and kings were created as part of ornamenting the noble rooms in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was on the one hand a way of expressing their sense of nobility, and on the other hand, it was a visual outlet of their attitude to history. The fundamentally special feature of the set of pictures found in Gödöllő lies in that Grassalkovich had set up a separate, purpose-built building in order to evoke the whole of Hungarian history by displaying the near-complete series of portraits of the former rulers. The pavilion was built on an artificially-created hill, the so-called Kinghill. The 54 oil paintings depicting the leaders and the kings incorporated into the pavilion’s paneled walls all share a unified frame structure of laurel wreaths and phylacteries. The phylacteries hold the name of the portrait’s subject in Latin, his number in the line of rulers and the time of his reign. The rulers of greater significance have larger portraits and were placed in more noticeable positions over the doors and the windows. However, following Queen Elizabeth’s death in 1898, the portraits were transferred to the Royal Castle in Buda. Later on, fourteen of them became property of the Hungarian National Museum but the whereabouts of the rest is still unknown. The building was reconstructed in 2002. The set of pictures has been re-created by means of advanced photo technology. Engravings plus coloured and enlarged pictures based on other depictions have been placed next to the copies of the surviving paintings. The Kinghill pavilion was reopened in December 2004. Opening hours: 2017.09.16. 10:00 - 18:00, 2017.09.17. 10:00 - 18:00

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