Budapest, Hungary-May 10-15/19

We arrived here in the afternoon of the 10th and in the evening had a night cruise to see the spectacular sights from the water. Oh my! It really is something with the parliament buildings, the castle, the numerous lovely bridges, etc., all lit up. Wow!!!

Chain Bridge…opened 1849

Buda Castle..started in 1243…now houses Hungarian National Gallery and B. History Museum

There has been a settlement here for about 2000 years.

The Buda Castle was built in 1243.

Prosperity really began in the late 15th century. As with most of Europe, it too was run over by one conquering force after another. The cities of Buda, Pest and Obuda became one in 1873.

It was between 1867 and WW1 that it really began to prosper. You can see it in the huge number of buildings and the size of them. One can imagine how absolutely spectacular the city must have looked in its heyday. Unfortunately, for the most part, with WW1, WW2 and the period of communism when it was behind the Iron Curtain, the beautiful old city is in a state of disrepair. Buildings seem to be of sound structure, not that I am an expert but…… Anyone in the reconstruction trades, will be guaranteed on-going work for ever.

Below will be examples of the architecture both good shape and deteriorating

condition.

Restaurants on the sidewalks….bicycles on them too (these in the Jewish quarter)
Bicycles for rent

At the Citadella

Citadella on Gellert Hill

The view from the Citadella

The rail station

Electric trains in middle of streets

Typical street…..two sides parking and one lane of traffic….one way!

This building has seen better days as do a lot!

.

The Chain Bridge with its lions guarding it!

Stairs to the Buda Palace

In front of the Buda Palace

War statue at the museum in the Buda Palace

Part of the outside of the Buda Palace

Examples of that very prosperous time…The largest parliament building (neo-gothic)in Europe was built in Pest 1884-1904.

The parliament buildings by day!

The 2nd largest synagogue in the world in 1859….below!

Tree lined street in the Jewish Quarter

In 1896, the first underground in the world was built under Androxyy Street. There is a promenade that runs along between the street and homes of the rich. Wooden planks were put down along it so the horses wouldn’t disturb the owners. Heroes Square was also built in 1896.

Heroes Square

Heroes Square

Gellert Hill was named after the priest who converted Hungarians to Christianity. For his trouble he was put in a barrel and thrown off the hill. There is statue to commemorate him. Also, at Hotel Gellert (art nouveau) ….is where one of the mineral spring baths are located.

Monument to Gellert, the priest that brought Christianity to Hungary

Gellert Hotel and mineral springs

Some of the structures built into the bottom of Gellert Hill

I’m not sure how structurally safe that path would be!

One of the highlights of our stay in Budapest was going to the thermal baths at Szechenyi. It is a huge facility. There are 3 pools outside of varying temperatures and depths. Inside there are 15 smaller baths.

Front entrance to Szechenyi Spa and Mineral Baths

The outside looking right

Looking to the left

Inside looking to right

Sort of middle

Looking to the left ….the coolest and shallowest pool. Steaming in the rain!!!

And a little more to the left!

Leaving the baths

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2 thoughts on “Budapest, Hungary-May 10-15/19

  1. Connie

    So very interesting, all your travels through different worlds and how their history in buildings and monuments has persevered over many centuries!!
    In the meantime North America is under the delusional idea that history can be re-written by destroying artifacts…………even one here in Victoria!!

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