The most famous building in Budapest, the Parliament, has the Danube on one side and the Kossuth square on the other. Just across this square there is another majestic building remembering by its style the Austro-Hungarian imperial age. This used to be the Ministry of Justice before communism and is now the Ethnographic Museum. It was built between 1893-1896 by architect Hauszmann Alajos. The style of the building is eclectic, with a heavy Baroque touch and echoes of the Renaissance. The exterior is closer to the classical style you would expect from a Palace of Justice, with a triangular gable supported by six columns and allegorical sculptures from Roman mythology.

The interior is organized around a big hall that is used for exhibitions or events with a circular balcony for the first and second floor. The entire ceiling of the main hall is covered by a fresco depicting an angelic personification of Justice. Black marble columns support the arches decorated with golden stucco.

In the permanent exhibition you can find traditional Hungarian costumes, tools used in daily life and elements specific to a traditional house. The exhibition also follows the main holidays of the year and the traditions that were tied to each of them. Various other cultures are also presented in the Ethnography Museum in temporary exhibitions, as was the case with this presentations of the Japanese samurai tradition, accompanied by a martial art demonstration.

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