Budapest, Hungary (Pest Side)

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Budapest is the tenth-largest city in the European Union which became a global city with the unification of Buda, Pest and Obuda in 1873. It became a co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire which dissolved in 1918, and was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

The Chain Bridge, completed in 1849, was the first to cross the Danube and is an icon of the city's 19th Century splendor. Both banks of the Danube are UNESCO world heritage sites.

The Hungarian Parliament, completed in 1904, is the world's third largest parliament building. Sights inside include the House of Lords and the Crown Jewels.

The Lajo Kossuth Monument anchors Kossuth Square, the symbolic heart of the Hungarian state. Around the square lie the great public buildings, the Parliament, the Museum of Ethnography and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Soviet War memorial commemorates the Soviet soldiers who died during the battle for Budapest against the German and Hungarian armies in 1945 which led to Hungary becoming a communist country for several decades.

Attractively cobblestoned St. Stephen's Square in front of St. Stephen's Basilica, the hub of tourist Pest, is surrounded by pubs and cafes.

Between 1880 and 1900 many spectacular buildings were constructed; however there are many parts of the city where restoration is still needed.

Heroes' Square is dominated by the Millenary Monument, with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front. 

To the sides are the Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery, and behind are the City Park with Vajdahunyad Castle and an ice-skating rink.

There are many delightful statues throughout the streets of Budapest.

A favorite statue is the monument to Imre Nagy, who was the leader of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 against the Soviet-backed government, for which he was executed two years later.

The Dohany Street Synagogue is the second largest active synagogue in the world. It has excellent displays of Jewish cultural and religious practices.

Adjacent to the synagogue  is a steel weeping willow tree, each leaf representing a Hungarian victim of the Holocaust.

 

 

     

 

Dating back to Magyar mythology and through a history of invasions, wars and liberations, Hungary has maintained a spirit of fighting for freedom and independence.       

Margaret Island is a 2.5 km long landscaped recreational park in the middle of the Danube. Its Music Fountain sprays to various musical themes.

Sights on Margaret Island include the Centennial Memorial Sculpture, a Japanese garden, a small zoo and a concert pavilion.

The Art Nouveau water tower on Margaret Island is a UNESCO World Heritage site, now used as an exhibition space.

Still in use, the Millenium Underground Railway was one of the world's first electrified underground subway lines.

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This site was last updated 05/07/19