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.