First, only the new wing of the iconic hotel in Debrecen will be modified.
The famous hotel in Debrecen, Aranybika, has a new owner – writes the MTI. The tarnished hotel will be the center for the talent development and education programs of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium in the future – announced by Balázs Orbán, Chairman of the Board of MCC, Secretary of State of the Prime Minister’s Office at a press conference yesterday morning. Balázs Orbán highlighted:
MCC purchased and started to renovate the building. First, the “new wing” of the hotel will be modified. The education will begin in the patinated, old part of the hotel, which will continue to operate in the renovated section. It will be followed by the renovation of the old building, which will be operated as a hotel again.
MATHIAS CORVINUS COLLEGIUM
MCC is a Hungarian talent developer institution. The main goal is to provide scientific education beyond the traditional school framework to students of as many ages as possible, both Hungarian students and students from the other side of the border. It started operating in 1996, and by 2021 it has set up educational centers in several rural cities, including Debrecen. Applications are currently pending for two programs: The Fiatal Tehetség Program and the Középiskolás Program. More details on mcc.hu.
Mayor László Papp was happy at the press event yesterday:
the building complex, which previously housed culture and the arts, is now complemented by a knowledge center function.
He added that almost 70,000 students are currently studying in the Debrecen, and the city’s regional role can be increased with the new courses.
In the late 1600s, János Bika’s inn stood on the place of the present hotel, which he later bequeathed to the city. According to debrecen.hu
In 1810, the figure of a raging bull made of iron and covered with copper was placed on its facade. This is how the former inn of János Bika became the Hotel Aranybika (Aranybika means Golden Bull).
In 1882, based on the plans of Imre Steindl, the designer of the Hungarian Parliament Building, the city built the hotel, which soon proved to be small. It was dishoused in 1913 due to increased demands. The current building was raised in 1915 in an eclectic style, based on the plans of Alfréd Hajós and Lajos Villányi. More and more tourists came to the city, so in 1972-1974 the building was expanded with a new wing. Among the guests of the Golden Bull were István Széchenyi, Ferenc Deák, Miklós Wesselényi, Zsigmond Móricz and Béla Bartók.