The Architecture of Historic Hungary

The Architecture of Historic Hungary

Edited by Dora Wiebenson and József Sisa

The first comprehensive survey in English of Hungarian architecture, from prehistoric settlements to contemporary experiments.





The first comprehensive survey in English of Hungarian architecture, from prehistoric settlements to contemporary experiments.

Hungary's legacy of historic and modernist buildings rivals that of any country in Eastern or Western Europe. This comprehensive survey of Hungarian architecture from Roman times to the present, the first to be published in English, makes that case abundantly clear. But to appreciate the architectural history of this Central European country, it is necessary to understand architectural solutions indigenous to the Central European region as a whole. This book is both a study of the relationship between Hungary's own architecture and history, and an introduction to the larger field of Central European architecture. The authors, all leading Hungarian architectural historians with access to archives unavailable to Western scholars, provide insight into the special significance that political changes in Hungary had in the shaping of its architecture. They describe the relation of Hungarian architecture to the other arts, the assimilation of outside influences, and the search for an authentic national expression.The authors cover the entire range of Hungarian architecture—including public, private, ecclesiastical, and governmental—as well as engineering, city planning, and technological advances. They also discuss the changing roles of patrons and guilds, and the contribution of architectural publications and education to the Hungarian architectural profession. Perhaps most revealing to Western readers are the illustrations and line drawings, which document one of the most neglected but fascinating architectural traditions of Europe.

ContributorsPéter Farbaki, András Ferkai, János Gerle, György Kelényi, Pál Lovei, Tibor Sabján, József Sisa


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262231923 360 pp. | 10.3 in x 10.1 in


Dora Wiebenson

József Sisa


  • Hungarian architecture is the architecture of a major country and every part of it is worth knowing. The Wiebenson and Sisa book is timely, comprehensive, and cohesive.

    Stefan Muthesius

    University of East Anglia

  • Despite the widely recognized contributions of Hungarian artists and architects such as Marcel Breuer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Gyvrgy Kepes to modern culture, the architectural environment where they grew up is rarely considered by hisotrians. Hungarian architects had to leave their country to be noticed in Western europe or in the United States. The authors of this book had the important and difficult task to change this situation, and they managed to give a well documented and concise picture of the development from the first Roman settlements through the pluralism of tendencies after the recent political transformation of the country.

    Okos Morav'nszky

    ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

  • Timely and searching, this book comprises a welcome gathering ofessays that collectively document and present to the reader thearchitectural originality that has given form to Hungarian culture.

    Associate Dean, Center for Advanced Study in theVisual Arts, National Gallery of Art

    S.A. Mansbach