- 29 Aug 2012 9:04 AM
The Gas Factory of Óbuda, built between 1912 and 1914 as the last major investment of pre-war era, was one of Europe’s most modern plants to date.The Óbuda Gas Factory burned coal to produce so-called "city gas" used for heating. The factory was in operation between 1913 and 1984 and used the most advanced technology of the time, which made it possible to produce a daily 250,000 cubic metres of gas.
Nearby, between the former factory, the Aquincum Museum and Auchan there is a great big yellow house I have always admired from the bike path. Long squatted, it now has residents that take better care of it, with many small gardens between the house and the road. I only realised this week that it is actually the back of the house I see, and the front is part of what I believe to be housing for the former factory employees.
This little village within a village is well worth a look. The quiet houses are lovely, Hapsburg split-pea yellow with green shutters (with hearts) and window flower boxes. Now derelict, the residents used to even have their own cultural house and outdoor stage as well as a football pitch.
If I were to do it again, I think I would have bought a flat here. Some nice photos of the housing estate here.
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