The former building of the Honvéd High Command has reached the highest point of its structure in the Palace Quarter of the Buda Castle. According to tradition, the significant occasion was celebrated with a posy inaugural ceremony. The revival of the dominant buildings of Dísz Square and Szent György Square is progressing according to plan.
The Neo-Renaissance building of the former High Command of the Armed Forces received a serious, but not fatal, hit during WWII. However, for ideological reasons, it was not restored and was demolished down to the first floor. As one of the most spectacular elements of the reconstruction works that began in March, the dome structure was lifted into place, which can now be seen again after many decades.
Following the traditions, both builders and clients held a joint posy celebration. As a part of the ceremony, a decorative posy tree was placed on the dome of the building. They raised the tree to the top of the building together with the steel frame of the lantern that adorns the dome.
Government Commissioner Gergely Fodor, head of the Castle Administration, thanked the professionals working on the construction site in his celebratory speech. He said that a similar celebration was held here 127 years ago, in October 1895. According to the plans of the brilliant Mór Kallina, the masters completed the original building then, which was not spared by the destruction of the war and the communists. The government commissioner emphasised that the Former Honvéd High Command had to wait nearly 60 years for the restoration. However, it will soon regain its turn-of-the-century form. In addition, the Red Cross headquarters, Archduke József’s palace and the northern wing of the Budavári Palace are also being restored.
The revival of the dome of the Former Honvéd High Command is not the only innovation. An observation deck will also open in one of the largest domes of the Castle Hill. The reborn bulding will function as a visitor center and a cultural and tourist gateway to the Buda Castle District.