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Culture of Budapest. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Budapest, Parlament Buda Castle is one of the most striking sights of the city. This is a unique historical monument, which was built in the 15th century. The castle is located on a fortifying hill. There are some other notable buildings on its territory, such as Fishermen's Bastion and Royal Palace. The bastion is a unique architectural complex that consists of beautiful snow-white towers and buildings made in the Romanesque style.
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A statue of St. Stefan is located on its territory. This statue is devoted to the first ruler of the country. In addition to interesting architectural attractions this district is famous for numerous interesting souvenir and handicraft shops. The famous Chain Bridge can be surely called a masterpiece of architecture. The bridge, which was built in 1849, connects two banks of Danube. You will see a subtle pattern on the railing of the bridge. It is also decorated with beautiful statues of lions. The bridge underwent a massive reconstruction in 2003. Once the restoration is complete, the bridge will become pedestrians only.
The Parliament building is a prominent architectural monument of the later period. Built in 1902, the building represents a unique combination of neo-Renaissance and Gothic styles. Near the building are installed 90 statues of prominent figures of the country. The interior of the building is also quite interesting - 700 rooms, 29 long staircases and luxurious design of rooms - you will need more than one day in order to inspect this building. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Nature lovers should definitely take a walk in Városliget Park. On its territory you will find a zoo, a botanical garden, and Museum of Fine Arts. Lots of interesting monuments can be seen on Heroes' Square, the main decoration of which is the statue of Archangel Gabriel. The square was founded in 1896. Besides the statues of famous Hungarian leaders here is located Museum of Fine Arts, which exhibits a rich collection of paintings belonging to 17 - 19 centuries.
Budapest from the River, Hungary Among the religious monuments of the city we should definitely distinguish Matthias Church, which is located next to Buda castle. This church was built in 1247. Every weekend the church becomes the venue of concerts, where guests can enjoy music and make a walk through a beautiful park.
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Budapest being considered as a “mystical” city should not come as a surprise and neither should it be considered an idle talk, because it was here that the famous illusionist, known the world over as Harry Houdini, was born. You can get a feel of the mystical atmosphere of the city by visiting the Vajdahunyadvar. Despite the fact that the castle was built on the occasion of the millennium celebration marking the day since the founding of Hungary, it is, I am sorry to reveal, not a historical monument. It does however possess a certain romantic feel about it, and what’s more, the mentioned Varosliget Park in which it is located, is considered a favorite location for couples in love seeking to take a walk. You see, this could only have been possible if not thanks to the castle. Dohány utcai Zsinagóga is another beautiful and mysterious place worthy of a visit. The church is one of the largest synagogues in the world, being second only to the New York Emanu-El.
Budapest In Budapest there is the opportunity for you to see a lot of Palaces, many of which will not fail to amaze you with their magnificence. Among them are the Palaces of Clotilde, Dreschsler Palace, and the Stock Exchange Palace. Each of these buildings is a part of the original decoration of the city, and it is impossible to imagine the modern capital of Hungary without them. This statement may come as a surprise given the fact that some of them (for example, the Stock Exchange Palace) were built only at the beginning of the 20th century, but it is however true. In the homeland of Harry Houdini, there are also many so-called “ruin-pubs” and they can be found basically in the Jewish Quarter. Pubs are located in old houses, and many of them carry no signs, thus giving the City an even more mysterious reputation. Here, in the Jewish Quarter, you can find the Keret klub, where you will feel some kind of Hungarian chill out.
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Budapest is also interesting owing to its cathedrals. An amazing example of Baroque architecture, St. Franziskus Assisi Kirche, built according to the project of Miklos Iblya, attracts tourists both with its exterior (sculptural images of saints), and interior (beautiful decoration). Jáki kápolna, despite being a small church, is attractive from the point of view of those feelings that arise during her visit. Unusual peace and tranquility – that is what is felt here. Outside the chapel, above the main entrance, you can find sculptures of saints.
Chain Bridge, Budapest You can find out a different history of the city by for instance exploring the streets of Lovas út, where the Sziklakórház Múzeum is located. The building comprises of a system of tunnels and caves that were used as bomb shelters, and as well as hospitals during the Second World War. It also served for a short time as a prison house where dissidents were held during the Stalinist repressions. Filozófusok Kertje – a place where you can see monuments dedicated to the great figures of religion and philosophy, is another compulsory place to visit. The masterpiece was built by the famous Hungarian sculptor Nandor Wagner.
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Buda Castle, Budapest

» The Buda Castle is the historical castle of Hungarian kings in Budapest.
» The fortress has been rebuilt and restored for several times.
» The oldest part of the present castle was built in the 14th century.
» Gradually, the castle became a cultural center with museums of Budapest (the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum) and the National Library.
» The Buda Castle is decorated with the equestrian statue of Saint Stephen, who was canonized for Christianization of the Hungarians.

Matthias Church, Budapest

» The Matthias Church is the Catholic Church within the Buda Castle, built in the second half of the 14th century in a magnificent late Gothic style.
» The bell tower of the Matthias Church is 80 meters high, so that’s the tallest building of Buda Castle.
» Almost the entire interior of the church was created in the late 19th century, when the church has undergone a massive rehabilitation and reconstruction.
» One of the interesting interior solutions is using beautiful stained-glass windows.
» The gallery of the church, which leads to the underground crypt, houses the museum of religious art.

State Opera House, Budapest

» The State Opera House is the biggest Hungarian Opera House, accommodating 1,261 seats.
» The State Opera House is also the main stage for the Hungarian National Ballet.
» The building of the Opera House has a horseshoe shape and occupies the third place on the acoustics in Europe after Milan's La Scala and the Paris Opera House.
» The theater building was constructed in neo-Renaissance style by architect Miklos Ybl and richly decorated by ornaments, sculptures and paintings in Baroque style. Paintings of Bertalan Szekely, Than Mor and Karol Lotz, which can be seen along the stairs inside the building and in the auditorium, are particularly notable.

St. Stephen Basilica, Budapest

» The St. Stephen Basilica is the Roman Catholic cathedral, which is the largest temple of the Hungarian capital.
» The height of the cathedral is 96 meters. The building of the St. Stephen Basilica, along with the parliament building, is the tallest building in Budapest.
» The St. Stephen Basilica is one of three largest and most beautiful churches in the country.
» Interior of the church is richly decorated with mosaics made by the best Hungarian artists.
» The altar space houses the statue of St. Stephen. Around the statue of the saint there are five bronze bas-reliefs depicting scenes from his life.

Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

» Vajdahunyad is the castle in City Park in Budapest.
» The castle has being built in the period from 1896 to 1908 by architect Ignatz Alpari. The castle has been originally built of wood, and was later rebuilt in stone.
» The Vajdahunyad Castle was built during celebrations of the millennium of Hungary to showcase the elements of the 21 famous buildings of the country.
» Since the castle gathered the parts of buildings from different eras, it reflects various architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
» Currently, Vajdahunyad Agricultural Museum is situated in the castle.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in Budapest

The Scéchenyi Baths
Where: Állatkerti körút. 11, Budapest; Telephone: +36 1 363 32 10;
The Main Synagogue / Nagy Zsinagóga
Where: Dohány u. 2-8, Budapest;
Castle Of Buda
Hungarian State Opera
Where: Andrássy út 22, Budapest; Telephone: +36 1 331 25 50;
Buda Hills
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Budapest
♥   Palace 'Buda Castle' , 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Sándor Palace' , 3.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Royal Castle of Gödöllő' , 22.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Budapest and around
♥   Art museum 'Zelnik István Southeast Asian Gold Museum' Budapest, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Fine Arts' Budapest, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Applied Arts' Budapest, 1.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Hungarian National Gallery' Budapest, 3.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Budapest
♥   Nagyboldogasszony Bazilika, Máriabesnyő, 26 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nagyboldogasszony székesegyház, Vác, 30.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nagyboldogasszony és Szent Adalbert főszékesegyház, Esztergom-Vár, 42.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Szent István székesegyház Bazilika, Székesfehérvár, 61.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nagyboldogasszony Bazilika, Matraverebély-Szentkut, 75.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to Budapest. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Budapest: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Budapest. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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