Inside the Innercity parish church II gothic naves
...-> in 1938-39 Kálmán Lux executed a complete refurbishment. The 19 gothic niches (wich caracterize also the Castle district) were rediscovered in this period, with the so called Mihrab (muslim praying niche wich looks towards Mecca), a part of the turkish mosque and the XIV.th century entrance. The sanctuary is even today in gothic style, it was built in the XIV/XV. century during the kingdom of Sigismund of Luxembourg, but also king Matthias made some revisions. That church was very similar to the Matthias church (nowdays there is almost nothing in common between the two churches) and it had only on tower.
In 1945 the neo-gothic main altar, made by Zsolnay pyrogranite cheramics was irrepairably damaged. The new altar (in the same neoghothic style) with the new chandeliers and the baptisting fount were created by Pál Molnár and Béni Ferenczy in the 1950`s.
Large supermarket chains like Csemege Julius Meinl, Kaiser’s and Rothschild sometimes sell takeaway salads in plastic containers. Healthy brown bread is made from four to six different grains and is sprinkled with sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and rolled oats. You can also find kifli, crescent rolls made from reform dough.
Hungarian restaurants (etterem or vendeglo) are relatively inexpensive. Meal prices begin at around 300 Ft in a self-service restaurant , 500-800 Ft in a local restaurant and 1000-1500 Ft in a tourist restaurant. For many Hungarians, lunch remains the main meal of the day. Some restaurants offer a set lunch (menu) on weekdays and this is usually good value. It consists of soup, a side salad, a main course and occasionally a dessert.
Restaurant menus are often translated into German and sometimes into English. The main categories on a menu (in this order ) are eloetelek (appetisers), levesek (soups), salatak (salads) , keszetelek (ready-to-serve meals which are just heated up), frissensult (freshly prepared meals), haletelek or halak (fish dishes), szarnyasok (poultry dishes), tesztak (desserts), and sajtok (cheeses) – useful to know if you have to choose blindly from a Hungarian menu. If you’re in a bit of a hurry, order something from the keszetelek section and not a frissensultek dish which can take 20 minutes to prepare.
If garnishes (koretek) such as rice, pommes frites, burgonya (potatoes) or zoldseg (vegetables) are individually listed in a separate section of the menu, it probably means they’re not included with the main plate and will cost extra, though main courses always include some sort of garnish.
Vienna Gate, Becsi Kapu
Although the Vienna Gate that stands today is a replica of the 16th century original, it nonetheless marks the traditional starting point to Budapest's Castle District. The historic importance of the gate is reflected even in everyday life, as a popular saying amongst parents of cheeky children is "your mouth is as big as the Vienna Gate". Unfortunately though, it doesn't appear to deter more adventurous youngsters from climbing on it during the summer.
Vienna Gate Square (Becsi Kapu ter)
Despite being dominated by the huge National Archive building (Samu Pecz 1913-20), there are some fine examples of Baroque and Rococo architecture to heighten the appeal of the square at No's. 5 and 6 and 7. Most famous is the house at No.7 - the author Thomas Mann is said to have stayed here during several visits to Hungary between 1935-36.
Obuda Most tourist who...
Obuda Most tourist who visit the city, simply forget to visit this part of the city, for they are only hunting after the 'highlights' , the main touristic spots of Budapest. that's a shame, because, when you really want to get a better picture of the city, one can't ignore Obuda. Before i give some more detailed info, i firts would like to suggest how to visit this part of the city, and why it's so interesting. O.k, what, we did, was, after a visit to the Margerate-isle, taking the bridge at the end of the island, to go back to the banks of the Danuba. Well, the you're then nearly in Obuda. I'm not sure about it, but as far i remember Obuda meant 'outside -of-Buda' And that's crearly to see. It's buildings, it's architecture and it's surroundings do have nothing in common with mondaine Budapest as you can find in f.e Vacci Utca. Yet it has strong reminders of Romans who have build some huge theater over there. It containsBudapest's largest housing estate, being built on the site of the single-storey houses of this formerly rural district. An intersting reminder of the medieval Chapter seat and of the queens' palace could be excavated; all of these were destroyed during the Turkish occupation and, after 1686, settlers founded a new town on the site.
In 1872 Óbuda was united with Buda and Pest. The Árpád Bridge, completed in 1950, is the longest bridge in Budapest-it stretches for almost two kilometres (one and a quarter m.), together with its approaches, and it directly links Óbuda and Pest. At the Buda end of the bridge large-scale reconstruction is going on, but a group of historical monuments is being left intact as a relic of the past: a small town with an eighteenth-century Baroque palace at No.1 Fô tér, scene of open air concerts in summer, an old parish church, and crooked streets lined with single-storey houses all preserved in their original state.
After your visit to Obuda, you go back via the boulevard in the direction of Gellert hill, Castle hill, and you will find many nice restaurants on your right hand to have a meal, that you really have deserved, for you have bee to Obuda!!!