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Sárospatak: Architectural Gem in NE Hungary

Sárospatak (meaning muddy stream) is a pleasant little town on the Bodrog River in Hungary's northeastern corner, close to the Slovak border. Due to the role it once played in Hungary's cultural and intellectual life, it used to be called "Athens on the Bodrog," and it won the Hild Medal in 1987 for its masterly mix of traditional and modern in town development. I wanted to visit because it hosts six buildings by renowned Hungarian organic architect Imre Makovecz, who died Sept. 27, 2011, a huge number for such a small town. His relationship with Sárospatak started in 1972, when he was on the Communist Party's blacklist, with a shopping center that was radically different from the prevailing style and continued with a culture center, an asymmetrical, organic apartment building, a modern building on the 1531 campus of the Calvinist College, a cathedral-like high school and lastly the gates to a thermal bath.

More information on Makovecz can be found here http://www.makovecz.hu/main.html -- look under Most Important Projects. For my gallery on the work of Makovecz, visit http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/makovecz. For my gallery on the work of Makovecz, visit http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, apartment building
SÁROSPATAK, apartment building
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Mini-apartment
Mini-apartment
Apartment
Apartment
Window variations
Window variations
Apartment
Apartment
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
Window variations
SÁROSPATAK, Culture Center, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Culture Center, Imre Makovecz
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center
Culture Center interior
Culture Center interior
Culture center tree
Culture center tree
SÁROSPATAK, Végardó Fürdő, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Végardó Fürdő, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Shopping center, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Shopping center, Imre Makovecz
Comenius Teaching College, by Ödön Lechner
Comenius Teaching College, by Ödön Lechner
Comenius Teaching College, by Ödön Lechner
Comenius Teaching College, by Ödön Lechner
Comenius Teaching College, by Ödön Lechner
Comenius Teaching College, by Ödön Lechner
Rákóczi Castle and Museum
Rákóczi Castle and Museum
Rákóczi Castle and Museum
Rákóczi Castle and Museum
Rákóczi Castle and Museum
Rákóczi Castle and Museum
Rákóczi Castle and Museum, detail
Rákóczi Castle and Museum, detail
SÁROSPATAK, Árpád Vezér College, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Árpád Vezér College, Imre Makovecz
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
Árpád Vezér College
Traditional wooden doors of Sárospatak
Traditional wooden doors of Sárospatak
Traditional wooden doors of Sárospatak
Traditional wooden doors of Sárospatak
Traditional wooden doors of Sárospatak
Traditional wooden doors of Sárospatak
Traditional wooden doors of Sárospatak
Traditional wooden doors of Sárospatak
Sárospatak, town of flowers
Sárospatak, town of flowers
Well water and a venerable old building
Well water and a venerable old building
Quiet spot
Quiet spot
Decorative window
Decorative window
SÁROSPATAK, Calvinist College, building, Imre Makovecz
SÁROSPATAK, Calvinist College, building, Imre Makovecz
Calvinist College, building
Calvinist College, building
Calvinist College
Calvinist College
Calvinist College, established 1531
Calvinist College, established 1531
Calvinist College library
Calvinist College library
Calvinist College library tromp d'oeil
Calvinist College library tromp d'oeil
Famous grads from Calvinist College
Famous grads from Calvinist College
Calvinist College museum
Calvinist College museum
Old town house with stork's nest
Old town house with stork's nest
Grand old house in need of work
Grand old house in need of work
Grand old house with great door
Grand old house with great door
Great color and character (1847)
Great color and character (1847)
Castle Church (orig. 14th century)
Castle Church (orig. 14th century)
Castle Church
Castle Church
Rákóczi Castle and walls
Rákóczi Castle and walls
On the banks of the Bodrog River
On the banks of the Bodrog River
Old grape press
Old grape press
Way out of town
Way out of town