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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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The interior of Matthias church is richly decorated with gilded altars, statues, rose windows and frescoes.

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A large crucifix at the main altar of the church.

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One of the many beautiful painted windows.

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A dragon sculpture decorating one of the towers of Fishermen's Bastion.

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These four(!) scary statues of early Magyar leaders are found in an arch near the entrance to the Fishermen's Bastion.

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Detailed map of the castle district, including the main attractions Matthias church, Fishermen's Bastion and the Royal Castle.

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The Royal Palace, which dominates the southern skyline of the Castle District, shares a similar history to that of the Mátyás Templom, namely one of upheaval and reconstruction. The building that stands today is a mock historic structure, comprising of original features from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

The first royal residence on Castle Hill is said to have been constructed by Bela IV after the Mongol Invasion of 1241. Later, new sections were added by the Angevin kings before a much larger Gothic palace was established under the reign of Sigismund of Luxembourg (1387-1437). The golden era of the palace complex came during the reign of King Matthias (1451-90).

The castle was completed destoyed by the pan-European Christian army which liberated Buda in 1686. Work was done to restore it, but it was damaged again during the 1848-49 War of Independence. During World War II the building served as the command post for German occupying forces, and was destroyed when the Red Army besieged the Palace.


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The Matthias fountain (Matyas kut) is seen on the left as you are about to enter the last courtyard of the palace. The fountain pictures the majestic scene of King Matthias hunting. He is surrounded by his dogs and retainers, with Szep Ilona (Beautiful Ilona: a peasant woman who fell in love with him unaware that he was the king) gazing up at him. It was sculpted in 1904 by Alajos Strobl. At the onslaught of World War II, the statue was disassembled and parts of it were hidden in people's gardens for safety.


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The present post war reconstruction of the castle, which includes Baroque and Gothic elements, now houses the Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest History Museum and the National Szechenyi Library.

The building showing in the photo is the Hungarian National Gallery (rear view).


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This is the gate leading out from the castle garden.




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