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The 250-year-old Royal Mansion (1 Szabadság Square) is one of the largest of Hungarys palaces and one of the most significant works of Hungarian Baroque architecture. The Austro-Hungarian Monarchys ruling couple, Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Queen Elizabeth (known as Sissi and regarded with great affection by the Hungarians) frequently stayed here.
Gödöllő Palace / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeGödöllő Palace - interior / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeLázár Equestrian Park in Gödöllő / © Hungarian National Tourist Office
Gödöllő Palace / © Hungarian National Tourist Office
The grand staircase, the state room, the Queens saloon, retiring room and bedroom and Franz Josephs workroom and smoking room have all been restored to their former glory. Classical concerts and major festivals are organised in the state room and the ceremonial court of the palace. The castle chapel and the Calvary date back to the 18th century and stand in the Elisabeth Park where the beautiful Queen is commemorated by her beloved Magyars with a statue.
 
The Gödöllő Artist Colony is remembered as the birth-place of Hungarian Art Nouveau. The works of its members between 1901 and 1920 can be seen in the Gödöllő Municipal Museum (6 Szabadság Square) together with pieces of antique furniture, baronial garments and scientific exhibitions.
The devotional church of Máriabesnyő, bearing the rank of basilica minor, became a famous pilgrimage site due to the 700-year-old miraculous statue of Mary standing on its altar.
 
The Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix takes place at the Hungaroring in mid-August in Mogyoród. The folk art along the Galga River still represents a living tradition: nearly every village has its own folk costume, its regional exhibition house and folk-dance groups for people of different ages.
 
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