The Basilica

The Basilica

The building of Budapest’s largest church was not carried out without problems. Building was begun in 1851 based upon the classicist designs of József Hild. In 1868, after Hild’s death, the dome collapsed due to a bad foundation and the building was continued under the direction of Miklós Ybl, in Neo-Renaissance style. However, during the building Miklós Ybl also died, and thus József Kauser completed the Basilica in the year 1905.

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At the tympanum of the main portal the Virgin Mary is portrayed as the Patrona Hungariae encircled by Hungarian saints. According to Hungarian religious history, St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary, entrusted into the keeping of the Virgin Mary the crown that he had received from the Pope to symbolize the nation of Hungary. This is why the Virgin Mary can be seen in various depictions wearing the Hungarian crown on her head and also why Hungary is said to be the “Country of Mary”. The imposing dimensions of the Basilica only become truly evident from the inside. In the dim interior one feels quite small, looking up into the mighty dome, where far above, a mosaic representing God, Jesus and the angels looks almost real.

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In the Basilica’s chapel of Saint Leopold one will find the so-called “Holy Right Hand”, the right hand of St. Stephen, first king and founder of Hungary. Every year, on the 20th of August, thousands of believers take part in a procession accompanying the relic celebrating the festival of the St. Stephen.

A beautiful panorama of Budapest is visible from the observation area of the 96-meter high dome. From this view from above, one can see the bridges across the Danube, the castle, the city’s forest and the green spot of Margaret Island – a sight which truly compensates for the climb-up.

Fishermen’s Bastion

Fishermen’s Bastion

Fishermen’s Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902 in Neo-Gothic style. It was designed and built by Frigyes Schulek.

In the Medieval age this part of the castle wall was guarded by the guild of fishermen, it was named after that. Obviously, the present Fishermen’s Bastion has never had any role of defence. It is a spectacular looking-out terrace, with impressive stairs and walking paths. The Pest bank of the river Danube offers its most beautiful view to the capital perhaps from this site whereas, looking from the side of Pest, Fishermen’s Bastion adds up to the beauty of the silhouette of Castle Hill.

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The bronze statue of King St. Stephen mounted on a horse can be seen between the bastion and the church. It was erected in 1906.
The pedestal was made based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek in Neo- Romanesque style, with episodes illustrating the King’s life. The sculpture was made by Alajos Stróbl.

Walking further on, we arrive at Hotel Hilton built in 1976 based on the plans of Béla Pintér. It is not only a modern hotel but also a store of several historical findings. It is an interesting fact that the hotel was built by using two famous monuments.

Its northern wing was built over the remnants of the medieval St. Nicholas Cloister, and its southern wing is formed by the walls of the Jesuit college that was built in the 18th century. At the place where the two are joined, we can find the reconstructed Miklós Tower: in 1930 a relief portraying King Matthias was fixed to it.

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The square in front of the hotel – Hess András Square – was named after the printer called András Hess who founded the first book-printing house in Hungary in house number 4. Today restaurant Fortuna operates at its place.

The sculpture of Pope Ince IX is standing in the middle of the square. The work of József Demkó, it was erected by the city in 1936, for the 250th anniversary of Buda’s liberation from the Turkish rule. Pope Ince IX initiated to create an alliance against the Turks and he also gave financial assistance for the liberating fights.

The building behind the sculpture is the so-called Red Hedgehog House. It was named after the relief over its gate. Until 1785 the only inn of the castle the “Inn to the red Hedgehog” operated at this place. Theatre performances were also held in its great hall.…

Matthias Church

Matthias Church

The Church of Virgin Mary, more commonly known as Church Matthias was built in the 50s and 60s of the 13th century. This was the first church of the Castle Hill, the construction work was started by King Béla IV directly after the establishment of the town.

At the turn of the 14th-15th centuries it was transformed into a Gothic church of a nave and two aisles and then, in the 70s of the 15th century, Matthias further expanded it by the royal oratorium and by the southern tower which can partly be seen even at present. At that time he placed there his coat of arms with the raven in it. After that time only minor changes have been made on it.

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From 1541 on, during the period of the rule of the Turks, the Turks used it as their main mosque. After 1686 it was given to the Franciscans and then to the Jesuits for a short period. In the 18th century is was damaged by fire and then by a stroke of lightning and, as a result, it was in rather bad condition by the 19th century. At that time is was already the main parish church of Buda, therefore they decided to reconstruct the church. It received its present neo-gothic form between 1874 and 1896, when it was reconstructed and expanded based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek.

During the second world war the church was seriously damaged. Its reconstruction was completed in the 70s. The roof of the church is covered by majolica tiles made in the Zsolnay factory of Pécs.

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We can enter the church through the southern gate. Gate Mary from the 14th century opens from the entrance hall. The relief at the entrance shows Mary’s death.

The church received its present internal ornaments at the time of its reconstruction in the 19th century. The work of Bertalan Székely is a colourful, rich painting consisting of geometrical forms and vegetative elements. The coloured stained glass windows of the southern wall were also made based on the drawings of Bertalan Szé kely and Károly Lotz. Episodes from the lives of Saint Elisabeth and Saint Margaret of the Árpád-House and those from the life of Virgin Mary can be seen on them.

The frescos on the wall were painted by Károly Lotz, with themes of praising Mary.

King Matthias’s famous coat of arms mentioned before can be seen on the wall of the southern tower.

The most important sights inside the church are as follows:
Chapel of Loreto: The picture of the Black Madonna that became blackish due to the smoke of the Baroque period is placed to the winged altar-piece of the late Gothic period. This is the place where the legendary sculpture of the Madonna made of red marble is standing.
Béla Tower: The frescos of Károly Lotz can be seen on its walls, showing the victory of Nándorfehérvár and the episode of ordering to sound the bells at noon. On the western wall there is the circular window with stepped casing. A neo-Roman christening basin can be found in front of it.
St. Imre Chapel: Frescos illustrating the life of St. Ferenc can be seen on its western wall (Károly Lotz). The pictures of the winged altar-piece were painted by Mihály Zichy, they show the most important events of the life of Saint Imre.
Grave Chapel of King Béla III: The sarcophagi of King Béla III and his wife are placed there. Originally, they were buried in the Basilica of Székesfehérvár; however, their graves were found during the excavations and the archaeologists succeeded in identifying them based on their bones. The chapel was built at the end of the 19th century, the sarcophagi with the lying figures of the royal couple on it and with the baldachin above them were also made at that time. (It was made by Ferenc Mikula and István Hauser, based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek).
St. László Chapel: The wall paintings showing episodes of the life of St. László were made by Károly Lotz.
High altar: The neo-gothic high altar is the work of Frigyes Schulek. In the lower line of the shrine’s stained glass windows the pictures of saints and apostles can be seen, in the upper line there are the saints who played roles in the history of Hungary.
Pulpit: with the figures of the 12 apostles.Right of the high altar there is a way to the crypt. Walking across it we reach the Museum of Church Art. The oratorium of the Maltese Knights can be found there.…

Bathing Halls of Budapest

Bathing Halls of Budapest

Altogether eighty natural hot springs of varying temperatures and chemical composition are to thank for the world-famous medicinal baths found all over the city. The 20 to 27 °C water from the four different groups of springs have been used since the Roman times for bathing and medicinal purposes. The minerals dissolved in the waters of the springs are effective in the treatment of numerous illnesses, especially movement related ailments.

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Perhaps the Romans founded Aquincum, the capital of their territory lying to the west of the Danube, in its chosen location because they liked the water of the area’s hot springs. The ruins of the huge bathhouses can still be seen even today in several locations of Óbuda, for example in the area of modern open-air Roman Bath.

The Turks, who for 150 years ruled over the country, built numerous bathhouses on the warm water springs of Buda. These are among the most well known reminders of Turkish times. Three of them have remained in their original form, and can still be visited today. The Pasha of Buda, Mustafa Sokollu, had all three of them built in the years between 1560 and 1570. The hot water springs of the Rudas Bath have been in use since the Middle Ages. That octagonal pool and the hemispherical dome make the building one of the most beautiful still standing Turkish bathhouses. The swimming pool and the steam bath are additions from the 20th century.

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The wings of the Király Bath in Fõ Street were also added in the last Century, but when approaching from Ganz Street one can see the characteristic exterior of the Turkish dome which covers the basin. (Men and women can visit the bath on alternating days).

The Császár Bath, with its octagonal dome covering the basin, has also remained intact for us from this era. According to a stone marker with a Turkish inscription it was built in 1570 on top of the ruins of a bath from the middle ages. The row of buildings surrounding the Turkish bath was built in the 19th century.

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Already in the 13th century a hospital was built to use the medicinal effects of the spring under today’s Gellért Therapeutic Bath, but the Turks built a bath here as well. The Eclectic building of the Gellért Therapeutic Bath and Hotel was constructed in 1918. Its beautiful indoor mosaiclined pool and the open air wave pool are refreshing for those of all ages.

The water of the just recently renovated Lukács Bath has a positive health effects, but the people of Budapest savor swimming in open air warm water pool both in the winter and in the summer, regardless of age and health condition.

Apart from using the naturally flowing springs, excellent bathhouses have also been built on artesian wells, which have been drilled since the 19th century based on the charts of the ingenious Hungarian geologist Vilmos Zsigmnondy. The likewise newly renovated Szé chenyi Bath in the City Park is one of these. This bath was built in the first years after 1900 to make use of 74 °C medicinal waters rising from a 979-meter deep artesian well drilled in 1870. Refreshment seekers will find steam, thermal, and open-air baths awaiting them here.…

Hungary Travel Guide

Hungary Travel Guide

Having A Continental Climate It Has Extreme Summers And Winters

Sz. Convincing Orbán to lift the EUsanctions will be a large gain to Putin. In the absence of information, speculation has arisen as to the purpose of the Russian president’s visit. Zoltán Sz. Bíró emphasized that Hungary can only lose on this type of a transaction, as the assistance offered Putin should anger NATO and Hungary’s Western allies. Hungary has a great taste for entertainment and people we’ve got often prone to be lavish. They often celebrate major native festivals before the advent in the course of the winter. Thus, visitors can look forward to a lovely stay. The service is scheduled to operate to and from Vienna and Bratislava on a regular basis between early April and early November.

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You may avail international shipping lines on the Danube or Tisza rivers. The bus service is very efficient and more cheaper as compared to the flight fares. Volánbusz, the national bus company of Hungary is responsible for providing bus service to their neighbors. There are direct connections of trains from the neighboring countries of Austria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the Ukraine. Among quite a few important cities, a few of them are Nyíregyháza -a small city blessed with a water resort, museum village and Kecskemét -a town renowned for its vivacious music scene, plum brandy. Other transport facilities like train, bus, boat, car, and taxi are available in good number. Notice that Owing to its central location in the continent, Hungary is easy to be reached by train or bus. Anyways, The tourists can avail any of these modes of transport, that are all efficient in their own way. Come to Tokaj, a famous town producing if you are a wine lover.

The visitors must visit the Aggtelek, that is the home to some beautiful caves with dripstones and stalagmites. Hungary should not deprive you of the ecstatic beauty of nature. Hungary is proud to have Lake Balaton, that is considered as the biggest lake in Central Europe. With that said, The railway station here called the ‘Western Station’ was designed by Gustave Eiffel who has the honor of designing Eiffel Tower. Here that is known as the Paris of Eastern Europe with a vibrant nightlife. Having a total area of 188490 km, the highways are quite smooth and simply a joy to travel. The train service is well maintained. Budapest also boasts of having a single underground metro railway in the country. Doesn’t it sound familiar? Intercity trains are the fastest train service.

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Known There is an extensive network of railways in Hungary. Now pay attention please. Hungary’s MÁV and GYSEV train company is owned by the government. Hungary has an effective network of International airports like Budapest Ferihegy Airport in Budapest, Airport Debrecen in Debrecen and FlyBalaton Airport in Sármellék.

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Germanwings, Lufthansa, KLM, Norwegian Air, Swiss International, Finnair, Brussels Airlines, British Airways, and Air France coming to this country it turns into a hassle free traveling, with quite a few Airlines like Austrian Airlines. Lake Balaton is nestled at a distance of 100 km from Budapest. Don’t forget to take an enchanting cruise along the Danube when you are in Budapest. There are many highrise hotels and beaches along its shore. This city has the unusual monument called the Mosque Church, built by the Turks. Normally, You can also visit the city of Pécs between the Danube and the Dráva rivers. There is the Castle District and the Royal Palace as well as the Óbuda area which has some Roman relics as well as the Kiscelli Museum there’s worth visiting. You will also find broad avenues and beautiful parks an ideal place to stroll. That’s right! Surprisingly, both the extremities have their own charm, that is difficult to resist. So, Having a continental climate, it has extreme summers and winters.

This historically old country located in central Europe is always a treat to visit. Hungary is heart filling and cherishing for the tourists. Hungary is ensconced between seven countries. Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Montenegro in Central Europe. On top of this, Hungary is a cherished tourist destination which attracts visitors from all over the world for its finest of wines and Baroque towns. People can avail flight, train, car, bus, and ship facilities to get into Hungary. Knowing the large area of the country and places of attractions scattered in various parts of the country, it might be prudent to check your mode of transport and the destination. Tourists are advised to do some pre -travel planning before arriving in Hungary. Now regarding the aforementioned fact… Located centrally in the European Continent, it becomes easy for almost all the European countries to get an easy access to this country. It is quite effortless to travel to Hungary from its neighboring countries of Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. Hungary is incorporated in the European Union since 1 May.…

Reasons To Visit Budapest In Autumn

Reasons To Visit Budapest In Autumn

Reasons To Visit Budapest In Autumn – Go Beyond In Budapest

budapestThis was called a ‘polling booth revolution’ by the newly elected Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. While as pointed out by a Member of European Parliament, himself being member of the governing party MSZP, and speaking on behalf of the Government in the course of the debate, the deal of the financial aid was really difficult to negotiate and it should be able to save Hungary from the financial cr. Court of Hungary The three members currently are. Oftentimes During the negotiation process Hungary supported the Polish standpoint arguing that in should have the opportunity to join the Euro summits. The first memorandum of understanding focused on six areas.

Exciting events are blossoming all across the city throughout the autumn months to bring fresh colorintocity dwellers’ life, even if flowers are wilting these days. Movie fans can watch a collection of the latest filmsdepicting today’s Jewish culture and heritage at the Budapest Jewish Film Festival,spanning November 1720th -this motion picture event qualifies as the largest festival of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe.

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On October 23rd, join thousands of Magyars commemorating the 1956 Revolution against the Soviet occupation of Hungary with historic events, including political speeches, military processions, and cultural programs organized at multiple locations citywide. Those passing by Boráros Square on their daily commute now find a vividmural mounted on the plaza’s underpass, inspiringpedestrians with vibrant modern design. On Klauzál Square in District VI. Portraying a photorealistic image of a local greengrocer. Now look. While a few blocks down the road a colorfully abstract artworkof overlapping shapesenlivens the building byKőleves Kert, Not far from this plaza. Basically those who stroll down this bustling lane can spot an oversized Hungarian Grey Cattlein a cosmic outfit towering above Mika Tivadar Mulató.

For majority of local and international artisanal beers. Offering a regularly changing selection of beers on tap; closer to the city center. Stouts. Jónáswithin Bálnaserves their own creatively named quality concoctions, Black Jack, or Távoli Galaxis.

Fans of suds don’t need to travel all the way to Bavaria to chug down pitchers of beer and let loose amid a singing and dancing crowd, as Budapest boasts its own ‘semiwild’ maltinfused events. While the recently opened Zsiráfnear Nyugati Railway Stationwill host a beer celebrationfrom September 29th through October 9th by offering suds from most of the best Hungarian breweries, Organized at1956 Memorial Squareduring September 29 October 2, Oktoberfest Budapestoffers around 300 different kinds of domestic types and international ‘tonguetickling’ beers spread across an expansive fairground. All year round -just visit the city’s beloved ‘craftbeer’ bars, those who can’t make it to the festivals can create their own Oktoberfest events not only duringthe autumn season. While offering plenty of creative desserts in varied flavors, if you can’t get enough of the sweet treats this season, visit the Cake Festivalon November ‘1213th’ at theMillenáris Center.

Nevertheless, while carnivorous crowds can get a taste of a hardcore Hungarian tradition at the Pig Slaughtering and Sausage Festivalthat fills the open spaces of the Hungarian Railway Museumexpect a massive percentage of luscious links hanging from timber stalls and various ‘pork based’ meals, DuringOctober ‘7 9’, the sweet scent of Hungary’s favorite ‘sugar dusted’ dessert lingers in the air at the Chimney Cake Festivalheldamid fairytale settings atVajdahunyad Castleinside City Park.

Plunge into the city’s annual culinary feasts happeningcitywideduring this harvest season tosample lots of the country’s traditional treats. Now look, the Olaszrizling Octoberevent at the Corinthia Hotel BudapestonOctober 8th will bring a bit of Hungary’s best Rieslings under one roof, and with the entranceticket ‘wine lovers’ can enjoy an unlimited consumption of aromatic liquids throughout the festival Whether you are just simply love good libations,, or a born wine connoisseur. For Lúdas Matyi show times and ticket information, log onto the official Englishlanguage websiteof the Capital Circus of Budapest. While Staging incredible acts of mindblowing jugglers, with the newest show scheduled to kick off on October 1st -a ‘highflying’ version ofLúdas Matyi. While guests can also take a look at a completely new boardgame bar. Vietnamese food. Pastries. Therefore fish restaurants bring fresh flavors to the Budapest gastro scene, a cat pub, a French café, and a ‘finedining’ bistro that are all now open in Budapest.

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As most entrepreneurs seem to prefer making their debut in spring or autumn -but this summer was certainly an exception in Budapest, summertime is often considered to be a slow season for new businesses as we know of at least 33 enticing eateries, bars, and identical hangouts that opened in the course of the past three months. That said, this handy events calendar has you covered Whether you live here and seek for to stay in the loop of what’s going on around town,, or you’re visiting Budapest later this year! Like national holidays, Many exciting events spice up life in Hungary’s capital all year long, food fairs, art displays, street parties, music extravaganzas, and very much more. In this continually updated guide, we present the basics about all kinds of public gatherings happening in Budapest throughout 2016, including links for more information on any event. Actually, while this rural region is also perfect for Nordic walking, Those who seek for to head out to nature on the city’s Pest side can embark on a train ride from Keleti Railway Stationall the way to Merzse Marshland. Deer. Or turtles, cycling, or a romantic getaway.…