Foundation for Budapest World Heritage / F.B.W.H.

  • Was established, as an organization of public utility in 2000 with the view of promoting the equitable renovation and preservation of the World Heritage buildings and sites in Budapest;
  • Has launched and supervised the first cityscale refurbishment program of condominium blocks on the Belgrade quay in Budapest as part of the World Heritage preservation effort;
Belgrade Quay 10 before and after the intervention

In 1999, the Belgrade Quay of the Danube was a scandalous part of the World Heritage site. In the course of the sample reconstruction project launched by the B.V.A. the facades stripped bare earlier have also been restored to their original state in collaboration with the owners and the district municipality. The B.V.A. has elaborated a color plan for the whole row of buildings and the adjacent spaces squares which is being implemented by the local municipality.

As part of the first panorama-restoration program, the majority of the houses are ready on the Belgrade Quay – 1999-2006

  • Has formulated a program and strategy for implementing the rehabilitation agenda aimed at preserving the historic hub of Budapest by adopting the only possible development plan of interspersing built-in areas with green spaces;
  • Has created PRO BUDAPEST – Collaboration for World Heritage, a civic society of supporters and sponsors, in order to assist both culturally and economically the rehabilitation program;
  • Has established the City Rehabilitation Round Table with the view of representing the interests of, and implementing, the city renovation program in Pest where the top executives of major professional and representational organizations take part;
  • Maintains professional rapport with the European Union;
  • Successfully carries out, in collaboration with the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, campaigns aimed at preserving Budapest’s World Heritage townscape (prevention of broadening the road flanking the Danube embankment and of private construction projects damaging the panoramic view of Buda).

The historical nucleus of the city is one of the world’s most outstanding architectural ensembles in eclectic style that will become increasingly valuable with time

Highlighted examples from the activity of the Foundation for Budapest World Heritage

The first conference in October of 2003 at the Office of Cultural Heritage Preservation – László Boquet, the managing president of the Foundation for Budapest World Heritage, Dr. Tamás Fejérdy, the vice-president of the Office of Cultural Heritage Preservation and Dr. Tamás Mezős, professor at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics

The foundation of the PRO BUDAPEST World Heritage Union at the Hall of Pictures of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2004 – Katalin Korompay, head architect, Ybl Award winner, F.B.W.H., János Horváth, member of Parliament, patron, F.B.W.H., László Boquet, president, F.B.W.H.

The investor stopped its planned expansion of the spa hotel built in 1971 that is part of the view of the Danube World Heritage panorama after the F.B.W.H. won their case against the unlawful permit – the signing of the agreement at a press conference, 2006

Placement of a historic property plaque for the embankments built along the Danube in Pest and Buda between 1871 and 1875 on the occasion of its registration as a historic property initiated by the Foundation for Budapest World Heritage – on both side of the Danube. 2011

Dedication of the plaque – Prof. Dr. János Horváth, the honorary president of the F.B.W.H. and the cultural state secretary. 2011

Open-air Hungarian/English exhibition on the Danube Promenade in Pest on the construction of the embankment and the development of the World Heritage panorama, 2011

Conference on Budapest’s development in the Domed Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the presentation of the professor of urbanism, the head architect of Budapest, the president of the Hungarian Real Estate Association, and the Budapest president of the National Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers, 2006

In honour of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention and several other Hungarian World Heritage anniversaries, the Foundation for Budapest World Heritage recommended that the year 2012 be named the Hungarian Year of World Heritage, which the Parliament unanimously approved in a resolution. At the opening conference of the year the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Foreign Affairs made speeches in the Reading Room of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2012

The F.B.W.H. held two conferences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on the rehabilitation of the Matthias Church, crowning church in the Buda Castle – 2007 and 2014

Conference on Prime Minister Gyula Andrássy and on Andrássy Avenue in the Banquet Hall of the Opera House, 2014

Volunteers install the bilingual, open-air exhibition about Gyula Andrássy (prime minister of the Kingdom of Hungary, 1867–71) and about the Andrássy Avenue on the four sides of Oktogon Square, which is at the junction of Andrássy Avenue and the Grand Boulevard (both were his initiatives). / Spectators watch the exhibition.2014

The conference for the 30th anniversary of Budapest’s World Heritage inscription at the reconstructed Gothic hall of the former royal palace, held by the Foundation for Budapest World Heritage in conjunction with the Budapest History Museum – with the recital of two-time MIDEM award winning violinist Vilmos Szabadi. 2017