Photos from Florida's Capital City (and occasionally a few from other interesting places I have been fortunate enough to visit in my travels!)
Friday, September 15, 2017
Buda Castle, the Baroque palace complex of Hungarian kings, built in between 1749 and 1769. It sits on the Buda side of the Danube River and was directly across the river from our hotel.
Our hotel was also right next to the Széchenyi Chain Bridge which spans the Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest. This is one of the lions guarding the entrance to the bridge on the Pest side of the Danube. The bridge was opened in 1849.
View of the Hungarian Parliament, seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, which sits on the Pest side of the Danube. The photo was taken from Castle Hill on the Buda side. Built in 1885-1904, it is the largest building in Hungary and the tallest building in Budapest.
Matthias Church, a Roman Catholic Church in front of Fisherman's Bastion, first built in the 11th century and later rebuilt in the 15th century.
Part of Fisherman's Bastion (left), built between 1895 and 1902, and another view of Matthias Church on the Buda side of the Danube.
A view of the Chain Bridge over the Danube from in front of our hotel.
St. Stephen's Basilica can be seen at the end of this street. Completed in 1905, this Roman Catholic Church was named in honor of Stephen, who was the first king of Hungary from the years 975 through 1038.
Hungarian State Opera House, built 1875-1884.
This little lady was so nice. She was selling these beautiful embroidered panels in front of the Basilica and of course I had to buy one. I saw quite a few of these ladies selling their handiwork around the city.
After leaving Slovakia, we traveled on to Budapest, the capital and largest city in Hungary. Originally two cities separated by the Danube River, Buda sits on the western side of the river and Pest sits on the eastern side. It is a beautiful city in the daytime, but it is even more spectacular at night. Tomorrow I will show what it looks like all lit up.