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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." The windows and doors look into the Concert Hall http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/image/142140479.

There are classical music concerts here in the summer, from June to September.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/80s f/5.6 at 24.0mm iso200 full exif

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Chris Spracklen31-Oct-2012 21:15
You certainly get invited to some magnificent places, Helen! ;o)
Excellent image, as ever, dear friend. *V*
Aivar Mikko28-Oct-2012 19:52
Wonderful room, decorations!
larose forest photos27-Oct-2012 20:46
By sheer coincidence, I just finished listening to some Haydn, and now I see that he conducted an orchestra in this glittering, gilded, confection of a room. V
danad27-Oct-2012 09:50
A beautiful place, with many details to see, very well taken. V.
Mark Chambers18-Mar-2012 20:05
This is a great room well exposed. V
Milan Vogrin15-Mar-2012 21:19
Great place!
Lennart Waara15-Mar-2012 09:45
Excellent work and composition in this photo!
Alain Boussac14-Mar-2012 21:12
So many things to see and admire, all of an exquisite taste. Excellent image. V.
Walter O. Koenig14-Mar-2012 15:26
Very nice interior shot of this opulent room full of rich details. The "Farewell Symphony" No. 45 in F sharp, is a great choice as an example because of the stories associated with it. "V"
Tom LeRoy14-Mar-2012 11:12
Excellent shot, Helen. Really fine details with the gold trimming and highlights. V
Zoltán Balogh14-Mar-2012 10:38
Truly beautiful! V
Colin Storey14-Mar-2012 09:57
What a fantastic hall and a superb image of it. v
Stephanie14-Mar-2012 08:04
Another gorgeous, opulent room! V :)
John Hamers14-Mar-2012 07:03
Magnificent hall , wonderful place for classical musci concerts !! Great image , captured symmetrically with high accury !!! V
Betty Vlasiu14-Mar-2012 06:34
Another outstanding shot , the details are awesome!
John Reynolds14-Mar-2012 06:32
A magnificent room. Well captured, Helen.
bill friedlander14-Mar-2012 00:16
What a magnificent place! So much to see and admire. That chandelier is extraordinary. V
Mairéad13-Mar-2012 23:55
This is the most amazingly beautiful room. Do they ever have concerts there? It would be wonderful to hear the music of Haydn played there again.
A very fine shot. V
fara113-Mar-2012 23:54
excellent light handling well balanced .v