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Kecskemét, Hungary

Kecskemét

Discover the sights of Kecskemét, get acquinted with their history, past and present. We start our virtual tour from the Main-Square of the town. Have a good time!
Kecskemét – the capital of Bács-Kiskun County – fusing all the beauty and values of the Great Plain is situated in the middle of Hungary, approximately 85 kms from Budapest. Our city – using its favourable geographical location – developed into the economic, administrative, educational, and cultural centre of the region; it gives home for several institutions of fine arts, unique collections, and dignified festivals. The name of the city originates from the word „kecske” (meaning „goat”) and „mét” means district. The goat can be seen in our coat of arms as well above the platform with the motto of our city beneath it: „Neither height, nor depth frightens us.”
The Kecskemét City Hall is the house of the main administration of the city of Kecskemét, Bács-Kiskun County, Hungary. It was built in 1893.The building was designed by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos. The decoration of the building, which consists of Zsolnay tile patterns inspired by old Magyar and Turkic folk art, was the start of the National Romanticism movement, which culminated in the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest.
 
The building itself is more of a mixture between renaissance and baroque styles, for which it has been criticized by National Romanticists like Károly Kós. Bertalan Székely, who also decorated the interior of the Matthias Church in Budapest, painted gilded murals on the interior of the Grand Hall.

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