Name: Royal Palace
Category: Architecture, castles and historic districts
Location: 1014 Budapest, Szent György tér 2.
It was King Béla IV who decided to build a fortress here in order to protect Buda from the Mongols, however the castle owes its opulence to the Habsburgs. Outside the palace note the huge turul; the equestrian statue of Eugene of Savoy; King Mathias's fountain; the Lions' Gate, leading to the beautiful interior courtyard; the "war hammer" tower; and the barbican.
The palace houses the Széchenyi national library, the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery.
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