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Madame Tussauds Budapest revealed its first figure


  • We Love Budapest

03/05/2023 4.33pm

The renowned waxwork museum Madame Tussauds is opening a unit in Budapest soon. While the date has not yet been announced, we now know one of the famous people we can see at the exhibit. The museum revealed its detailed wax figure of Pope Francis in homage to him and his recent visit to Hungary.

There are only two Madame Tussauds in the world where you can marvel at the figure of the head of the Catholic Church: New York and soon Budapest.

Photo: Madame Tussauds Budapest

Pope Francis spent three days in the Hungarian capital between 28-30 April, and Madame Tussauds Budapest's way of welcoming him was to reveal a wax figure of the head of the church. The waxwork museum will open its doors in Budapest soon, and once it does, we will get to mingle with 51 celebrity figures. Their identity is a well-kept secret, Pope Francis being the first name we know.

As in every Madame Tussauds, the Budapest exhibit will also have themed halls. The pope will be standing among 'World leaders', waiting for visitors to admire his lifelike details, created by dozens of local craftsmen.

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When creating the figure, they paid great attention to details regarding the pope's gaze, gestures, posture, and clothes. Experts on ecclesiastical costumes carefully selected the clothing and jewellery of Pope Francis. At Madame Tussauds, approximately 25 world-renowned artists work on each figure in a workshop near London, and each piece takes an average of three months to complete. Then they are shipped from England to different parts of the world.

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Madame Tussauds Budapest will be the 24th unit in the world and the first franchised production of the 250-year-old brand. The exhibit will be housed in downtown Palazzo Dorottya, and we don't have to wait long for the announcement of the opening date.

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