Parisian Court in Brudern House is not simply one of the hidden gems in Budapest, but one of the most neglected fading beauty amongst the top attractions in the Hungarian capital. The Court known as Parizsi Udvar in Hungarian, is in the city centre, right on Ferenciek Square (M3 metro station), one block away from the well-known Vaci utca shopping street. Paris Court may have been inspired by the Passage des Panoramas, a roofed commercial passageway located in the IIe arrondissement, of Paris, France.
How beautiful is it? Very. Click the photos to enlarge.
Here is the exquisite ceiling of the Parisian Court built in 1909 – a once famous shopping passage in the former headquarters of the Budapest Inner City Savings Bank. The style of the Parisian Court is a mixture of Neo-Gothic, Eclectic and Art Nouveau architectural elements inspired by Moorish buildings and motifs.
You can freely walk through the dim lit Parisian Passage to take some photos in the building, which really invites for photography.
The funny thing is that even the art historians do not know the real history of foundation of the Paris Court. There is a mosaic indicating its completion (or maybe start date) MCMIX (1909, but art historians find 1912 more likely).
Currently the Paris Court is for sale, and there is nothing in the building except for … well, ghosts and those who like taking photographs.
Paris Court is the downstairs passage in the building of Brudern House, the only house which was nicely lit up for the royal couple in 1820, and was in fact a passageway with various fashion shops. The site of the house was one of the most expensive plots in Budapest – bought by the Inner City Savings Bank in 1883. The bank gave the commission to have a new building constructed. The architecture was Henrik Schmal, who fused Gothic elements with Moorish, Arabic, and eclectic designs.
The somewhat dark inner passages of the Paris Courtyard in Budapest:
And a video of the fascinating building (although a video cannot do justice to its beauty):