After a day and a half...
After a day and a half wandering around hilly Buda and seeing aerial views of Pest, it's time to figure out what Pest has to offer. As picturesque as Buda is Pest, made up of eclectic architectural styles, small side-streets and inviting squares. The embankment walk which extends along the length of the Danube on Pest side offers excellent views of Buda.
The Liberation Monument (the...
The Liberation Monument (the work of Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl) was erected in 1947 to commemorate the liberation of the country and in honour of the soldiers of the liberating Soviet Army ( today we call it occupation ). The female figure holding the palm of victory together with the pedestal is 40 metres (132 ft.) high. In front of it is the statue of a Soviet soldier; of the two accessory figures one vanquishes the symbolic figure of destruction and devastation, the other one raises high the torch of progress. The names of fallen Soviet soldiers are carved on the pedestal.
On the. southern and western slopes below the Citadel the Jubilee Park was completed in 1965-66 ; from here the view extends to the semicircle of the Buda hills. Of the statues in the park mention must be made of Istvan Kiss's relief 'Budapest' and of Ferenc Medgyessy's work 'St. Gerard's (Gellert's) Fountain' standing in the lower end of the park.
Shinny Horse Balls
Located here in the Castle District just steps away from the Dali Cafe is the statue of Andras Hadik on a horse. It is said that rubbing the balls of the horse will bring you luck and it is the reason why while the rest of the horse has a green patina the "balls" are super shinny.
I personally didn't rub them and did see anyone else around me rubbing them either, but someone's been rubbing them. LOL
Archaeological find: Mummies of the Church
The Museum of Natural Science preserves one of the most special anthropology find of our age, the mummies of Vác. During the renovation mummies were found in the church of The Whites of the city Vác quite accidentally. The crypt lying under the church tower was full with rich decorated coffins. In the coffins being almost 200 years old, 265 mummified residues of people have been found, dressed in mortuary dresses. The special microclimate of the crypt and the manner of the burial made the natural mummifying possible.
The mummies are no longer infectious because the possibly pathogens were destroyed with high energy X-ray radiation. Sight of the mummies is not recommended for children under 12 years .
There is no constant exhibition.
Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum - Museum of Natural Science
1083 - Budapest, Ludovika tér 2-6.
Medieval Buda 1: Orszaghaz Utca
You will have to look hard to find evidence of Medieval Buda. So much has happened in the intervening centuries, so much damage done, so much rebuilding and restoration.
But there are little bits to be seen here and there.
On Orszaghaz Utca, which runs down from St Matyas Chruch towards Kapisztran Ter, there is a rebuilt Medieval house at 18.
Number 20 has a rather lovely stonework decoration.
Number 22 has evidence of sgraffito just about visible in the grime under its bay window.