Sunday, November 22, 2009

Budapest at Night

This magical nightscape of Budapest was taken from the hill in front of the Royal Palace, looking across Chain Bridge to the lighted Gresham Palace, with St. Stephen's Basilica lighted in the distance. The Gresham Palace is now a Four Seasons Hotel.
This night view of the Hungarian Parliament highlights its neo-gothic architecture. Built in 1884-1902, it was modeled after the British Houses of Parliament. It is 268 meters (880 ft.) long and 96 m. (315 ft.) high. It is well worth the tour of its interior, which includes the most important of its 691 rooms.
This is the altar of St. Stephen's Basilica. It features of marble statue of St. Istvan (Stephen), who was coronated in 1001 and was the first Christian ruler of Hungary. The mummified forearm of St. Istvan is preserved in a highly decorated case in the Chapel of the Holy Right Arm in the cathedral.
The ceiling is decorated with spectacular mosaics by Hungarian artists.
The organ is powerful, inspirational and beautiful.
This view of Vaci Street is from the Christmas holiday season. It is a pedestrian street in downtown Pest that runs parallel to and about two blocks south of the Danube. It has shops, restaurants, and is a pleasant walkway.The Christmas holiday festivities include food booths and street fairs in the squares of downtown Pest.

6 comments:

Phivos Nicolaides said...

All photos are gorgeous. Tha place is really beautiful in all respects! Warm regards. Philip

glenda said...

Very beautiful photos at night. St. Stevens Basilica is wonderful. This seems to be a great place to be at Christmas.

Memphis MOJO said...

Can you say picture postcard?

JM said...

The first two shots ar simply amazing! Hope you have enjoyed Budapest as much as I did. Have you been to the Gellert Baths?

brattcat said...

I have often heard of the beauty of Budapest. These photos capture that beauty wonderfully.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

JM,
Sadly, we did not go to the Gellert Baths. We were in Budapest for about 3 days, but Julie suffered a severe attack of what we found out upon our return was a gall bladder that was in need of being surgically removed. She spent the first day extremely ill, unable to leave the hotel room, so I scouted the city, toured the Parliament Building, etc. to make her visit more efficient when she recovered, but that eliminated the time that we might have used to go to the Gellert Baths.

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