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PHOTO GALLERY:
Budapest - Jun 2006


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Photogallery about our 5 days holiday in Budapest - the capital city of Hungary (30May-5Jun 2006). Budapest is a very large capital city with large and highly decorated building lining most of the streets of the central area. There are numerous impressive sites, churches, park squares, many museums and statues to keep the tourist and his camera busy. It is rather impossible to visit them all in a week. The transport system is very efficient for the 2 million inhabitants of Budapest - there is a fast underground metro, and efficient trams and buses at very cheap fares.

The most impressive sites are the Fisherman's Bastion including Mathias Church and small old village it withholds, Chains Bridge over the Danube river, the Castle, the majestic Parliament, the Jewish Synagogue, Saint Stephen (Istvan) Basilica, and a peaceful walk around Margit island. As far as I noticed, only Vaci Utca (Vaci Street) is for pedestrians only and it is also the most busy and popular street in Budapest with many shops, 2 nice parks, Cafeteria, some restaurants and of course lined by characteristic distinct decorated buildings side by side that literally, each deserves a photo for its own!

Restaurants are not concentrated in one area, and so, you have to walk a lot to have visited say 5 to choose from. The central ones are rather expensive compared to the living standards of Hungary but on the whole they have 'okay' prices for the pockets of many tourists. However there are several excellent restaurants with relatively cheap prices scattered around Budapest.


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Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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At the entrance of the Fishermen´s Bastion (Halászbástya), which is one of the most popular spots of the Castle District among tourists.

Almost fairytale like in appearance, its decorative white rampart and flowing staircases stretch alongside the eastern front of the Mátyás Templom. According to tradition, the area directly behind the church housed a local fish market during medieval times - hence the name of the Bastion. During the 18th century, the Guild of Fisherman are also said to have traditionally defended this part of the castle wall.


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Framed in the arches of Fishherman’s bastions is the statue of the first Hungarian King St. Stephen (Szent István), carved in 1906 by Alajos Strobl. The sculptor also included a self-portrait in the relief around the base of the monument.

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A photo showing four of the towers of the Fishermen's Bastion, the statue of St. Stephen and a corner of Mattias church.

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The Fishermen's Bastion was designed by Frigyes Schulek and was built in 1905, for purely ornamental reasons.

The Bastion is made up of seven round towers (of which four are visible in this photo) - each one symbolising the seven Magyar tribes that effectively gave rise to the nation a thousand years earlier.


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Malin and I near the most beautiful and fairytale-like tower of the Fishermen's Bastion.

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View from the Fishermen's Bastion of the Danube River and three of the seven bridges: Elisabeth bridge (Erzsebet hid), Freedom bridge (Szabadsag hid) and Petofi bridge (Petofi hid).

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One of the most famous and decorated churches in Budapest is Matthias church (Matyas Templom), which is situated in the castle district on the Buda side.

Officially named as the Church of Our Lady, it has been popularly named after King Matthias Corvinus (Good King Mátyás) who ordered the construction of its original southern tower. In many respects, the 700 year history of the church serves as a symbol (or perhaps a reminder for Hungarians) of the city's rich, yet often tragic history. Not only was the church the scene of several coronations, including that of Charles IV in 1916 (the last Habsburg king), it was also the site for King Mátyás' two weddings (the first to Catherine of Podiebrad and, after her death, to Beatrice of Aragon).


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The darkest period in the church's history was the century and a half of Turkish occupation. The vast majority of its ecclesiastical treasures were shipped off to Pozsony (Bratislava) and following the capture of Buda in 1541 the church spent life as the city's main mosque. To add insult to injury, ornate frescoes that previously ordained the walls of the building were whitewashed and interior furnishings stripped out.

Although following Turkish expulsion in 1686 an attempt was made to restore the church in the Baroque style, historical evidence shows that the work was largely unsatisfactory. It was not until the great architectural boom towards the end of the 19th century that the building regained much of its former splendour. The architect responsible for this work was Frigyes Schulek.


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Close up photos of Matthias church architecture - small tower at the sides of the church.

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Close up photos of Matthias church architecture - the central part of the tower.




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