The Pest bridgehead is the starting point of the Great Boulevard, the first part of which is called Szent István körút.
The huge eclectic buildings along Szent István körút-today a busy thoroughfare and an important shopping district with many restaurants, pastry-shops and espressos-were built about the turn of the century. Conspicuous is the domed Comedy Theatre (Vígszinház). In front of it two busts represent Sándor Petôfi, the great poet of the 1848-49 War of Independence, and Miklós Zrínyi, the seventeenth-century Hungarian general and epic poet. The theatre was opened in 1896 to give a home to modern drama.