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Thermal baths in Budapest
Thermal baths in Budapest. Gellert thermal bath : located in the Gellert Hotel, these grand, early 20th-century thermal baths are surrounded by mosaic-covered terraces and marble balconies. The artistic impression of the spa, located in the heart of Budapest near the Danube, is created by the wonderful sculptures, ceramic mosaic tiles and tinted glass incorporated. The Secessionist architecture style is from architect Armin Hegedus, Artur Sebestyen and Isidore Sterk Rudas Thermal Bath (Rudas Fürdõ), the centerpiece of the bath today, the Turkish bath, was built during the 16th century in the period of the Turkish occupation. Below the 10 m diameter dome, sustained by 8 pillars, there is an octagonal pool. The thermal bath has been visited from 1936 o­n exclusively by men. The swimming pool, operating as a therapeutic swimming facility and with a sauna, was built in 1896.
 Széchenyi Thermal Bath (Széchenyi Fürdõ), the Széchenyi Thermal Bath is o­ne of the largest spa complexes in Europe. It's also the first thermal bath of Pest. It was built in 1913 on the basis of plans composed by Gyozo Czigler. The Bath was expanded in 1927 with a public bathing department for gentlemen and ladies and a beach site. In the middle of the 1960s, further transformations took place, including the creation of a group thermal section in bathing suits as well as a daytime outpatient hospital (complex physiotherapy department).

by Schroeder Alain

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