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Sandor Palace, Budapest
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The Sándor Palace in Budapest, Hungary is the official residence of the President of Hungary and the seat of the Office of the President, both since January 22, 2003. Sándor Palace is the 37th biggest palace in present-day Hungary.The palace is situated at Szent György tér 1-2 (St. George Square) in Buda, immediately north of the Buda Castle complex, which was the former residence of the kings and governors of Hungary.Early historyThe original palace was built in about 1803, and completed in about 1806. Count Vincent Sándor commissioned it, and the palace was named after him. However, it was not Vincent Sándor, who was more of a philosopher, but his son, Móric Sándor, that was better known in Budapest and Vienna, with his fame for acrobatic jousts.The palace belonged to Archduke Albrecht, the Imperial Governor of Hungary, until the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1848, when the palace, and its adjacent buildings facing the square, were rented as government offices. The most prestigious tenant was the Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Andrássy, who in 1867 leased it for the Hungarian government from the Pallavicini family. He would later obtain ownership rights for the building following a property swap.Andrassy renovated the building, which by then was badly in need of repair, with the help of the architect Miklós Ybl. He renovated the ground floor and used it as his offices, while the first floor became his residence. In all, nineteen Hungarian Prime Ministers lived in the palace, each adapting the building to his own tastes.
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TripAdvisor
  • I was very interested about this building as it is where the changing of the guards happens. The design of the building is also pretty cool with a little Roman inspiration with the triangle rooftop de...  more »
  • It's call a palace but as special as ones like the Parliament. However, you can find many guards protecting this building, because this is where the president lives. Not much to watch, but if you happ...  more »
  • When you get off the funicular, the Buda Castle is in your left, Sandor Palace is on your right. This is the official residence of the Hungarian, and the site of the changing of the guard. Once a mont...  more »
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  • If you visit the Casle, I recommend you to check this out too.
  • Big old building
  • The surrounding locations, the nice view providing a great afternoon fun for the visitors.
  • Nothing really interesting
  • Official residence of the Hungarian president. The guard change is fun