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Ceremonial hall
10-MAR-2012

Ceremonial hall

This is said to be one of the most beautiful ceremonial halls of all Hungarian Baroque castles. Crystal mirrors hang on both sides of the hall, reflecting one another and creating the illusion of an infinite place. In the fresco on the ceiling, "The Triumph of Apollo," by J. I. Mildorfer, it's said that wherever you are in the room, the four horses appear to be running towards you. In the time of Prince Nicholas "the Magnificent" this was the most important cultural center in the country. The orchestra that played here was conducted by Joseph Haydn, and some of his most famous works had their premiere in this room, including the "Farewell Symphony."

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Milan Vogrin15-Mar-2012 21:18
Nice compo and details!V!
Mairéad14-Mar-2012 21:56
It's beautiful - a magnificent restoration.
Walter O. Koenig14-Mar-2012 15:29
What a fantastic ceiling and chandelier. One can only imagine what it looked like lit with candles and what it was like with an orchestra playing in this room. "V"
Zoltán Balogh14-Mar-2012 10:39
Superb ceiling! V
Betty Vlasiu14-Mar-2012 06:35
Excellent details and colors!
Roland13-Mar-2012 23:37
Such incredible colors and images. I would always be looking up! V