Miklós Ybl is considered to be the best 19th century, Hungarian architect. He designed several Budapest landmarks such as St. Stephen’s Basilica. His masterstroke is the State Opera House. Across the third-story balustrade are sculptures of famous composers. Among the 16 likenesses are Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. On the first level are statues by Alajos Stróbl of two Hungarian musicians: pianist Franz Liszt and national anthem composer Ferenc Erkel. Erkel was the opera house’s first director when it opened in 1884.