Behind the pack: Part 1 Gödöllo Palace in decay

I have recently started sorting through some images on slides, taken during the ’80s, ’90s and up to the mid 2000s before I owned a digital SLR. I have always loved to take images of ruins, abandoned or dilapidated places or, as a friend once commented, ‘interestingly seedy’ buildings! Alas, I am not an urbexer, rarely venturing into the interiors as I don’t know anyone else who would accompany me into such places.

It has struck me, that whenever we joined a tour of a town, village or wherever when travelling (rare, we usually did our own thing), there were always interesting places to be photographed just off the main track. So I often hung back (or made my way to an area I had seen that looked mor enticing) and took my images while everyone else was listening to whatever the guide had to say. Hence the title of this post. This does mean that I missed out in one sense, but gained in what was probably more important for me.

Anyway, having come across some rather forgotten images, and with plenty of apps on the iPad to play with, I have been having a go at ‘enhancing’ some of these images….possibly with detrimental effects.

So, without further ado, here goes for part 1 of ‘Behind the pack’. Today it’s a visit to Hungary in 2005, and we were at Gödöllo visiting the palace.(Gödöllo Palace website)

The palace at Gödöllő is an imperial Hungarian palace located in Pest county, in central Hungary about 30km from Budapest. It is an important monument of Hungarian palace architecture and apparently, was favoured by Queen Elisabeth of Hungary as a summer residence. Unfortunately, it fell into disrepair following two World wars, and continued to decline in the communist years. Eventually, restoration of the main part of the palace commenced in the late 1980s and early 1990s. When we visited, there were wings of the building that remained unrestored, and I took a few images of these.

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It appears that restoration of these other wings was completed a few years ago, thus my images are a snapshot in time – unrecognisable as being part of what is now a totally restored building, and in addition the park is now open to the public.

I found this shot of the rear of the palace and part of park as it is now on Wikipedia.

5 comments

  1. Beautiful images. Thank you for directing me here 🙂

  2. Glad you liked these!

  3. Pingback: Spinalonga (“Behind the pack” Part 2) | WordsVisual

  4. Great photos. We must be kindred spirits…whenever I’ve joined a tour, mainly because I didn’t want to drive around and liked the transportation piece, I do the same as you…wander off on my own to do my own little tour, and then meet back up with the group at the bus.

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