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Városliget is a Public Park in Budapest, also the most populous and largest city in the world. Being the capital of Hungary, the city is a centre for the political, commercial, transport and industrial of the country. Being the second largest park situated at XIV district of Budapest, the park is situated at the centre of the city as well.
Formerly known as Ökrösdűlő when it was a swamp land covered with pasture during the 18 th century. Ökrösdűlő also means Oxmeadow as cows and Oxes were grazed here but there was also risk of Malaria here. To avoid spreading of the disease actions were taken to control marshy lands and plant new trees. Later the park was also called as Batthyány-erdő or Batthyány Forest named after the family of the same name. The family also were tenants of this land and Prince Batthyány undertook to plant the new area. Rudolf Batthyány, an engineer along with his team set up a 10,000 square-square open waterlakes and removed the earlier two islands of swamp land.
Today on one of its land is the Széchenyi thermal site and Vajdahunyad Castle few of the popular attractions in Budapest.
In the 1896 Budapest was a lively place with festivities to mark the Millennium Celebrations of Hungary’s the City Park became the event venue. Being one of the city’s first green spaces, the park held a grand exhibition in this celebration and over the years it has been a cherished place. As the site grew as a prominent event place, construction of new buildings like Kunsthalle exhibition centre, Vajdahunyad Castle and Millennium Underground were constructed. Being Europe’s first metro line it was constructed to take passengers to Millennium Celebrations from downtown Budapest making various stops including the Heroes Square.
During the end of World War II like destruction of many well-known monuments and buildings Városliget was devastated as it had caught fire. After the war ended the majority of buildings at the City Park remained damaged for a long time and saw a brighter side at the end of Soviet Era. A huge landscaping project was set up in 1970 to bring back lush greenery to the Park
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