Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Art of Budapest

Budapest is one of Europe's great capitol cities. This is the top of the column in Holy Trinity Square in front of Matyas Church in the old town section of Buda. The column was carved in 1710-1713 to commemorate the victims of plagues in 1691 and 1709.
The tiles of Matyas Church have colorful, intricate geometric patterns. There has been a church on this site since the 1200's, however it was converted into a mosque in 1541 during the Turkish rule, and was destroyed when the Turks were defeated. It suffered more damage later and was rebuilt in the late 1800's.
Fisherman's Bastion is a decorative, pseudo-medieval structure on top of the Buda hill, overlooking the Danube and Pest. It was built as a memorial to fishermen, and a fish market used to be located in the area.
This shows more of the Fisherman's Bastion. The statue depicts St. Istvan, the King coronated in 1001 A.D. who introduced Christianity to Hungary.
Yes, Buda sits atop a high bluff over the Danube. This is the view down the cable car tracks. At the top of the photo is the river and the entrance to Chain Bridge, which links the downtown section of the Pest half of the city with the Buda side.
The altar and organ of St. Stephen's (or Istvan) Cathedral is classically ornate. It was built from 1851 - 1905. The time of construction was lengthened by the collapse of the original dome in 1867.
Szentendre is a small town on the Danube 20 km (12 miles) north of Budapest. It has been preserved as an old town, popular with artists. We bought some ceramics there that are now on our kitchen window sill that remind us of Hungary every time we stand at the kitchen sink.

5 comments:

Gateglimt said...

Very nice pictures of Budapest. Great city!

Thanks for sharing

So long...

JM said...

I could easily identify all the places except the one at the bottom. I loved Budapest. Did you go to the baths at the amazing Gellert Hotel? Shame taking photos was not allowed there...
Wonderful shots once more.

Traveling Hawk said...

Very nice pictures, taken in a wonderful city! I was in Budapest last August, it's not so far from my home-town (about 5 hours driving).

Halcyon said...

It was so cold when I visited that I didn't get many pictures. I love looking at yours. Did you see the "finger" of the saint? I remember we had to put some change in to light the display up. Fun times!

Jack said...

A nice collection. I enjoyed my visit to Budapest about four years ago. I would love to return one of these days.

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