Postcard from Budapest, Hungary: No need to even cross the threshold to be smitten with this museum

The first time we approached the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest, we simply admired it from the outside, loitering under the tiled arches of the entrance. Green and gold ceramic tiles crown the rooftops of the distinctive Art Nouveau edifice built in the 1890s with its design freely combining Hungarian, Islamic and Hindu architectural influences.

The museum is so striking, this batch of photos focuses solely on the structure itself. Renovation of the façade was ongoing in May.

The central atrium is left free of exhibits to accommodate special events, a serious coffee competition with the audience patiently watching the judges taste the entries when we were there.

The next post will offer a glimpse of some of the art meriting such an ornate architectural package.

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