The Building with Grandiose Marble Hall

This amazing building, the Palace of Justice was built as one of the investments of the State for the 1000th birthday of Hungary in 1896 to house the Ministry of Justice. The architect Alajos Hauszmann, who was one of the best at that time, faced the challenge that he had to create a building which is “monumental, but moderate” at the same time. The scale of the building is pretty impressive as the main facade is 125 meters long and its total area is 6400 square meters. The fabulous main hall was rented by filmmakers for productions, thanks to its amazing 24 meter height, colorful marble floor, deep prussian blue marble columns, ornate walls with gold decorations, multiple, diverse staircases and a huge ceiling fresco. At the beginning of the 20th Century, trials were still held in the building in a fascinating courtroom which is preserved in its original state. The original beautiful wooden benches are still there. The building housed the Museum of Ethnography between 1973 and 2021. The museum was relocated to give place to its new owner and the palace has been closed for a long period due to renovations. As the completion approaches, the Palace of Justice’s doors have finally closed towards all film productions due to the nature of its new owners: the Curia of Hungary and Supreme Court of Hungary.

Many scenes of Evita with Madonna was filmed here and doubled as a church in The Rite with Anthony Hopkins
The fabulous main hall has a ceiling height of 24 meters
All of the different halls and chambers of the building are just simply breathtaking
There is a fascinating courtroom in the building which has been preserved as it was during the 19th century when trials were still held there
Palace of Justice Street View

Such pictures were filmed here as Evita with Madonna, Sunshine with Ralph Fiennes and The Rite with Anthony Hopkins, where it played a Roman church. Also, the ball scene from the movie The Raven was shot here and it was also used as a palace in the new TV series Dracula. As a location double it has been used as a Parisian location in the 2015 movie Spy, as the Italian Palazzo Vecchio in Inferno and in the 2017 spy film Atomic Blonde, it was used as London’s MI6 headquarters. The palace was even used in the 2016-2017 fantasy series called Emerald City, naturally as a fantasy location.

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