Short history of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Budapest

The National Museum, where 'Abdu'l-Bahá gave a lecture on 14th April 1913 (c) Magyarországi Bahá'í Közösség‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’u’lláh’s eldest son and appointed successor, was invited to Budapest by Lipót Stark. He stayed in Budapest between 9-18 April 1913 while giving four lectures and meeting many prominent people.

Professor Róbert Nádler was so touched by the personality of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that he made a painting of him. Arminius Vámbéry, the famous orientalist, after meeting with him in Budapest, wrote a letter and his offered his services to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, so he is considered as the first Hungarian Bahá’í.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrived in Budapest from Stuttgart and departed to Vienna during his travel in Europe.

Places visited by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Budapest (Googlemap)

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Places visited by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in Budapest

1. Keleti Railway Station (Keleti Pályaudvar):

‘Abdu’l-Bahá arrived here from Vienna on 9th April 1913. The welcoming committee waited for him at the Western Railway Station, but he took another train from Vienna, arriving at the Eastern Railway Station.

It is a well-known place, a huge traffic centre (e.g. underground line 2 and 4, several buses).

2. The former Hotel Ritz (V. ker., Apáczai Csere János u. 12-14., at the bridgehead of the Chain Bridge on Pest side)

‘Abdu’l-Bahá lived here and accepted his guests during his 9 days visit. The hotel was renamed as Dunapalota Szálló after the 1st World War. Martha Root, a travel teacher of the Bahá’í Faith, lived here in 1933. The building was destroyed in the 2nd World War. Hotel Intercontinental is now on the same site (formerly Hotel Forum).

Devotional place is suggested at the park at the foot of Chain Bridge where you can see the building, but filter the noise of the town.

3. The Chain Brigde (Lánchíd)

‘Abdu’l-Bahá walked on the bridge, where he praised its water.

4. Old Parliament Building (VIII. ker., Bródy Sándor u. 8.)

It hosts now the Italian Institute. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá gave a talk here to more than 1000 people on 11th April 1913 at 19:00.

Devotional place is suggested at the park of the National Museum.

Plaque in front of the National Museum, in memory of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's visit to Budapest 80 years ago (c) Magyarországi Bahá'í Közösség www.bahai.hu5. National Museum (Nemzeti Múzeum; VIII. ker., Múzeum krt. 14-16.)

‘Abdu’l-Bahá gave a talk here to 200 people on 14th April 1913 probably in the saloon of the 2nd floor. (This lecture was organised by the Hungarian Turanian Society, which was interested in Turkish and related cultures.)

In the park you could see the first Bahá’í Statue in Hungary erected in 1993 at a conference. Till 2019 the plaque was in front of the stairs, near the Cyprus trees.

Devotional place is suggested at the park of the National Museum.

The Museum is very near to underground stations: Kálvin tér (line 3 and 4) and Astoria (line 2).

More details about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit can be found in the following printed books:

  • Balyuzi, H.M. (1987). `Abdu’l-Bahá: The Centre of the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh. 2nd ed. Oxford, UK: George Ronald. pp. 384-388. ISBN 0853980438.
  • Root, Martha (1983). ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Visit to Budapest in Martha Root: Herald of the Kingdom, a Compilation, comp. Kay Zinky, ed. A. Baram, New Delhi: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, pp. 361-370.

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Old newspaper articles about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Budapest in 1913 (4 pictures are available if you click on kép)
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