Budapest Revisited

Kongo spent three days in Budapest earlier this month.  What a city!  Budapest possesses charm, history, stunning views, and mystery.  Loaded with the flavor of the Astro-Hungarian Empire, a taste of the eastern steppes, and the lurking mysteries of the Cold War, Budapest has something for everyone.  These photos try to capture some of the flavor of this marvelous city on the Danube.

The Chain Bridge or Széchenyi lánchíd in Hungarian was finished in 1849 and was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest.
The Parliament Building. This is the largest building in Hungary and was completed in 1896 and is built in the Gothic Revival style.
The “Boy Jester” bronze statue on the Danube waterfront on the Pest side of Budapest. Prince Charles liked this so much he had a replica made for his home in England.
A statue above a “plague pillar” near St. Michael’s Church in Budapest. Plague pillar were erected across Europe to celebrate the survival of the plague which often visited these cities.
Church spires against the Danube River as seen from the Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest.
The front facade of Saint Stephens’ Basilica.
A view of old Budapest from the top of St. Stephens’ Basilica.
The church spires of the Parish Church built in the 12th century on the gravesite of the martyred Bishop Saint Gellert. This is the oldest church on the Pest side of the Danube.
Monument at Hero’s Square (Hosok tere) which was completed in 1900 and celebrates Hungary’s first 1,000 years as a nation. It was also the site of a massacre of students by the Soviets during the Hungarian uprising in 1956.

Travel safe.  Have fun.

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