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Formerly known as Royal Palace or Royal Castle has a long tragic history. King Bιla IV started building it in 1247 and it was destroyed, modified several times. The latest destruction occurred during World War II. In the winter of 1944/45. Budapest was surrounded by Soviet forces, The Hungarian and German army occupied the castle and used it as a base for fighting to almost literally to the last man. Heavy fighting and artillery fire rendered the palace into ruins. All the furniture disappeared, roofs and vaults collapsed, and the southern and western wings were burned out. A long and slow reconstruction started after a war ended and still going on. The buildings are now used by museums and the National Szechenyi Library.
The palace is part of the Budapest World Heritage Site, declared in 1987.

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