Budapest, Hungary – Part 2

Budapest, Hungary Part 2

Heroes’ Square

  • When originally constructed, Hungary was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and five of the statues were reserved for members of the ruling Habsburg dynasty. These were replaced with the current figures after WorldWorld War II when the monument was destroyed
  • Constructed for the millennial celebrations in 1896;
  • 14 different people;
  • Freedom fighters;
  • Took 29 years until completion of all statues;
  • Was originally built for Habsburgs
  • Archangel Gabriel at the top of 36m high column holding the crown of St Stephen (Istvan in Hungarian) – first king of Hungary and a two barred apostolic cross (a symbold awarded to St Stephen by the Pope in recognisition of his efforts to convert Hungary to CHristianity);
  • 7 people mounted on horses at base of column represent the 7 Chieftains of the Magyars who led the Hungarian people into the Carpathian basin.;
  • Tomb of the unknown soldier (most cities in Europe have this) – represents the millions of soldiers who fought for freedom but were not identified and did not have a proper burial





Vajdahunyad Castle

  • Build in 1896 as part of the Millennial celebrations
  • Design inspired by 21 different castles in the Kingdom of Hungary (especially the Hunyad Castle in Transylvania (now Romania)
  • Very different architectural styles including:- Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque;
  • Originally made from cardboard and wood but became so popular it was rebuilt in stone and brick between 1904 and 1908
  • Currently houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture


Széchenyi Thermal Baths

  • Largest medicinal bath in Europe;
  • Original bath on site built in 1881, however was not meeting demands so Szechenyi built in 1913 and again expanded in 1927
Széchenyi Thermal Bath entrance
Széchenyi Thermal Baths
City Park Budapest
Spinner that gets the excess moisture out of swimmers
Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Széchenyi Thermal Baths

Dohány Street Synagogue

  • Largest synagoge in Europe and second largest in the world
  • Built between 1854 and 1859
  • Bombed by the Hungarian pro-Nazi Arrow Cross Party in 1939
  • used as a base for German Radio and as a stable during World War II


New Year’s Eve river cruise

Buda Castle
Parliament, Budapest
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Mulled wine, Budapest
The Metro, Budapest

Some videos:

Ice skating

New Year’s Eve 1

New Year’s Eve 2

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