Széchenyi Fürdő (Széchenyi Thermal Baths). This early 20th century masterpiece dominates part of Városliget (City Park) in Budapest. However even if you couldn’t see it, you could smell it: an ammonia and sulphur-tinged aroma drifts from the vents in the ground. I had a potter around the entrance and impressive vestibule, but didn’t have time to enjoy a course of the thermal baths or an enthusiastic massage. Perhaps next time.
I’ve always loved Secessionist-era architecture: this complex was opened in the autumn years of the Austro-Hungarian empire in 1913, and its Neo-baroque encapsulates a confident joi-de-vivre and cultural identity which was swept away for ever as the Great War started the following year. Luckily as a space and a cultural icon the baths survive, on the cusp of its first century. If taking the waters is as good as they claim, it may be around for a long time to come.
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