Mihály Babits Literary Memorial House
From Szekszárd’s main square a short walk brings you to a bend in the Séd brook and the place where the writer Mihály Babits was born – today the Babits Memorial House. Constructed in Louis XVI style around 1780, the building retains its original appearance. In the mid 1850s József Kelemen, Babits’s grandfather, purchased the property, which remained in the family’s possession for nearly a century before it was taken over by the state in 1952. The first exhibition opened on the ground floor in 1967. In 1983, marking the centenary of Babits’s birth, the entire building was officially declared a museum.
The poet, writer, translator, editor and literary historian Mihály Babits was an outstanding personality of 20th-century Hungarian literary life. His widely acknowledged contribution to literary developments was based on his thorough knowledge of the art of literature, which embraced a broad, European dimension. Among his major works is his 1934 History of European Literature. Babits helped extend the horizon of Hungarian literature by introducing authors and ideas to fellow writers and the general public alike. He himself was a master of different literary forms and genres and he was also a gifted editor. He was closely associated with the celebrated Nyugat (Occident) journal, of which he was the chief editor throughout the 1930s.
Address: Szekszárd, Babits u. 13.
Telephone: (+36 74) 312 154
Open: Tues-Sat 10.00 -16.00
Closed Sunday and Monday