Open days at the British Embassy

07/09/2012

On the occasion of the Raoul Wallenberg year in Hungary, the British Embassy in Budapest opens its doors to the general public and welcomes all interested guests during the European Heritages Days on the weekend of 15-16 September 2012.

Old Banking Hall, British Embassy, photo by Helga Bernot

 

The wonderful building of the British Embassy in Budapest has not always been a diplomatic mission. From its completion in 1914 until 1946 it was the head office of Hazai Bank (or, in English, the National Savings Bank), and still bears many features of its banking career. Designed by the Hungarian architect Károly Rainer in 1912, the building has an interesting history.

In November 1944 the Bank leased the third floor of the building to the Swedish Legation, initially as office space. The Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who engaged in a brave effort to save Hungary's Jews from deportation and death, was frequently there and gave shelter for Hungarian Jews in the building of Hazai Bank.

The British Embassy will be open on Saturday 15 September from 12.00 until 16.00 and on Sunday 16 September between 10.00-14.00.

For more information about the open days please visit the British Embassy website.