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    Hotel Béke

    In the beginning of the 20th century, it was already common knowledge that coffee trade is a profitable business. Coffee trader Henrik Fábri, returning from his journeys in England and the Far East, heard the call of tourism and wanted to establish a modern hotel next to the Western Railway Station (Nyugati pályaudvar) in Budapest. Our current virtual exhibition is introducing you the story of Hotel Béke, or by its maiden name: Hotel Britannia.

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    In Gothic mood in Budapest

    Architects of buildings that bear the style marks of ancient periods, who constructed buildings in a style that was considered anachronistic in Budapest around the turn of the century, could not even presume that their creations would become the emblematical symbols of the city and would attract a spate of tourists from all over the world.

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    Little Italy in Bárdibükk – Mária Goszthony’s art

    At the time of the emancipation movements of the 20th century, more and more female artists made their appearances, for example Mária Goszthony. Her creative activity and taste became one with her years spent in Italy inseparably. You can read about her life and oeuvre in our current composition. Owing to the Rippl-Rónai Megyei Hatókörű Városi Múzeum of Kaposvár, you can find her heritage in our database as well.

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    History locked in glass: from aurulent plate photos to grey glass negatives

    Although it is natural now that you can take a photo in seconds, you rarely think about how rugged road led to quick photography and to the possibility of making good-quality photos. In the beginning, the incipient accomplishments achieved by inventors were considered as sensations, but later, the occurring deficiencies, new demands and fortunate circumstances resulted in the development of methods. At the dawn of photography, the invention of the silver-plated copper method as well as the glass plate negatives were regarded as an important milestone.
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    Gyula Juhász and his correspondents

    Dear Readers,

    What novelty could be written about Gyula Juhász that you do not know yet? That Anna was not quite eternal? That this young man from Szeged was terrified in his whole life that he would become dement due to his imaginary syphilis, while he should have worried about his depression? The writer of these lines can only hope that you will not find these lines debunking and will read them with pleasure.

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Virtual exhibitions

Besides searching and browsing digitized cultural contents, visitors can view thematic virtual exhibitions from the records of MaNDA’s database, which are widened weekly. Our aim with the exhibitions is to introduce the cultural contents of the database in a new context, in a way that they would never be in the same virtual room otherwise, due to their spatial, legal or formal features. You can see our former exhibitions under this menu.

Establishment of Europeana


During the period of the Swedish EU presidency in April 2001 in Lund, representatives of the then 15 Member States formulated their demand that a breakthrough in the field of cultural digitisation was necessary. One of their most important issues was that a cooperative forum should be created in order to put cultural digitisation in the European dimension and the accessibility and visibility of the European digital cultural heritage must be promoted.