Budapest, June 2011

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Eötvös Loránd University, entrance hall

Eötvös Loránd University, entrance hall

Eötvös Loránd University, entrance hall. The only or, at least, one of not too many places where the ancient wall-paintings have survived.

This synagogue is now a part of the Holocaust Museum

This synagogue is now a part of the Holocaust Museum

This synagogue is now a part of the Holocaust Museum

This synagogue is now a part of the Holocaust Museum

In the Holocaust Museum

In the Holocaust Museum

In the Holocaust Museum. A wall with the names of Hungarian Jews killed by the Nazis.

This nice mouse is looking from its wall at the little yard where we were drinking beer :-)

This nice mouse is looking from its wall at the little yard where we were drinking beer 🙂

Street fountain

Try to guess what could it be? Yes, you are right: it’s a fountain. In the middle of a footpath. The water flows down along the grooves 🙂

The dints on the wall remain since the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

The dints on the wall remain since the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Signboards in Russian can also be seen in Budapest 😉

Square fountain

One more fountain.

A monument to the Soviet soldiers

A monument to the Soviet soldiers

A monument to the Soviet soldiers; probably the only one that was not destroyed in the post-Soviet time.

Budapest, sculpture

The monument to those who perished during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

The monument to those who perished during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

The monument to those who perished during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The eternal flame is rather unusual: it is burning on a “candle” made of stone.

The Parliament Building, interior

The Parliament Building, interior

The Parliament Building, interior

The Parliament Building, interior

It’s inside of the Parliament Building too. Looks like the Gold Tree of Valinor 🙂

The Parliament Building, assembly hall

The Parliament Building, assembly hall

Since the Hungarian parliament (the National Assembly, or Diet) was initially bicameral, there are two assembly halls in the building. Now the parliament is unicameral, so this hall is used for different conferences, and the deputies meet in the other one.

A piece of the Berlin Wall

A piece of the Berlin Wall

The monument to the years of Soviet rule

The monument to the years of Soviet rule

The Heroes Square (Hősök tere)

The Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere)

The Heroes' Square (Hősök tere), the central column of the Millennium Monument

The Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere), the central column of the Millennium Monument

A pond in front of the City park

A pond in front of the City Park

The pond in front of the City Park and Vajdahunyad Castle

The pond in front of the City Park and Vajdahunyad Castle

The pond in front of the City Park. Behind it is Vajdahunyad Castle – a decorative building that contains parts of buildings from various time periods and thus displays different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle

The statue of St. Gerard on Gellért Hill

The statue of St. Gerard on Gellért Hill

A waterfall under the statue of St. Gerard

A waterfall under the statue of St. Gerard

Dwarves still live on Gellért Hill 😉

Pest and Elisabeth Bridge, view from Gellért Hill

Pest and Elisabeth Bridge, view from Gellért Hill

Museum of Applied Arts

Museum of Applied Arts

Museum of Applied Arts

Museum of Applied Arts

Museum of Applied Arts, front steps

Museum of Applied Arts, front steps

Museum of Applied Arts, the ceiling over the front steps

Museum of Applied Arts, the ceiling over the front steps

Dohany Street synagogue

Dohany Street synagogue

Dohany Street synagogue, the biggest in Europe.

Dohany Street synagogue, interior

Dohany Street synagogue, interior

The cupola of the Rumbach Street synagogue

The cupola of the Rumbach Street synagogue

The Rumbach Street synagogue, interior

The Rumbach Street synagogue, interior

The Rumbach Street synagogue, interior. The restoration is not finished yet, unfortunately. The hall has very good acoustics and is often used for chamber concerts.

The Rumbach Street synagogue

The Rumbach Street synagogue

The Rumbach Street synagogue. On the front, Tablets of Testimony can be seen, as on the other synagogues of Budapest.

The Rumbach Street synagogue

The Rumbach Street synagogue

A view from the cupola of St. Stephen's Basilica

A view from the cupola of St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica. Buda Castle is in the background.

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica, the central cupola

St. Stephen’s Basilica, the central cupola

St. Stephen’s Basilica, the central cupola. The God, unfortunately, happened to appear head over heels in this photo… 😉

St. Stephen's Basilica, interior

St. Stephen’s Basilica, interior

Budapest, metro

There are turbo-jet escalators in Budapest metro 😉

The Geological Institute

The Geological Institute

Great Market Hall

Great Market Hall, opened in 1897

Great Market Hall, interior

Great Market Hall, interior

Great Market Hall, interior

Great Market Hall, interior. View from the upper level.

A tram

Buda Castle

Buda Castle

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge. It united Buda and Pest into Bedapest in 1849.

Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion

Danube, view from the Chain Bridge

Danube, view from the Chain Bridge

Kilometre Zero

Kilometre Zero

The Chain Bridge and St. Stephen's Basilica, view from Buda Castle

The Chain Bridge and St. Stephen’s Basilica, view from Buda Castle

Buda Castle, cable railway

In this cable car I rose to Buda Castle

Buda Castle, residential area

Residential areas still exist in the northern part of Buda Castle.

Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion

A view of Budapest from Buda Castle

A view of Budapest from Buda Castle

The Parliament Building, view from Buda Castle

The Parliament Building, view from Buda Castle

Danube and the Chain Bridge, view from Buda Castle

Danube and the Chain Bridge, view from Buda Castle

A street in Buda Castle

One more street in Buda Castle

State Archive of Hungary

State Archive of Hungary

And once more, try to guess, what’s this? Yes, you’re right – it’s the State Archive of Hungary. However, from a distance one can think it’s a cathedral 😉

Buda Castle, residential area

Buda Castle, residential area

A residential area in Buda Castle (the picture is made through the grille). Niches for sitting under the vaulting are characteristic for the medieval houses in Buda. It is supposed that guests’ servants were waiting for their masters here. In post-Turkish period the niches were bricked up. They were disclosed again during the Second World War, after a bombing.

Stairs from Buda Castle to the city

Stairs from Buda Castle to the city

The terminal station of the rack railway

The terminal station of the rack railway

The rack railway

The rack railway

trams

There are also trams like that in Budapest 🙂

The Parliament Building

The Parliament Building

The moon over Budapest

The moon over Budapest