A piece of architectural and onomastic history in Budapest, Hungary

8130435985_d99d647d2c_mIn Budapest, Hungary in the 1830s, in the square known today as Magyar jakobinusok tere, there once stood a two-story residential building with an elaborate tympanum decorated with a imposing statue of God creating the world. Inspired by this architectural detail, the German-speaking citizens of Budapest named the building Schöpfungshaus (‘Creation House’) and the street in front of it “Schöpfungs Gasse” (‘Creation Avenue’). In the middle of the 19th century, many German street names in the capital were officially translated into Hungarian. During this process, the name Schöpfungs Gasse was changed to “Alkotás utca” (‘Composition Street’) instead of the more accurate translation “Teremtés utca” (‘Creation Street’). Despite this mistake, the names have remained unchanged. Although the original house itself was demolished in 1936 and replaced by a new six-story building, visitors to Hungary can still see the statue which inspired the street name in Kiscell Museum.

For more information see the following links in Hungarian or the source listed below:

Ráday, Mihály, Budapesti utcanevek A–Z [Street Names in Budapest A–Z]. Budapest: Corvina Kiadó, 2013.