Keep the faith .... - Basilica of St Stephen
Szent Istvan Bazilika is the largest and most notorious Catholic Church in Budapest and an impressive building too!
Both the outside and the inside are beautiful and it is worth to pay it a visit.
The day I happened to be viewing it there was a procession (hope it is called like this in English), maybe it was St Stephens' day itself... In any case it was beautiful to see all the worshippers and the relics being paraded in a carpet of flowers. A nice sight.
It is an impressive sight at night too as it gets lit up.
You have nice views of the city from the top of the dome and a treasury (that unfortunately I did not manage to visit ).
More insteresting in my opinion is the relic, the Holy Right hand of King Stephen I. See next tip for details :-}
k?roly kotur and garden deak ter
beautifull square in the edge of Deak ter that open up vorosmarty area and vaci utca..pedestrian and shooping street ...its a beautiful street full of buildings without balconies so weird for a catalonian like me
When you will walk around Budapest you will surely see some streets, squares and statues with unrecognized names on them... some of them can be pretty boring people but there are also some that are real heroes!
The Hungarin nation has a long history and a lot of events that brought her to this day, for its independence.
There are 2 persons that for them i payd attantion the most:
-The first is Kossuth Lajos that was one of the most importent Hungarian revolutionary heroes at the 19 century. You can see boulevards called after him, there is even a really honorable statue placed after him in a garden just near the Parliament house.
-The second one is Matyas kiraly (king), he was one of Hungaries greatest kings and ruled between 1458-1490. There are squares called according to his name and many statues of him around Budapest.
In additin to them there are many other Importent persons that had a lot of influence on the existence of the Hungarian people. examples to that you can see at: Andrassy boulevard, Attila road and Rakoczi street, the statue on Gellert hill or the monument near the Parliament for the people who resisted the Communism.
One of the most importent thing when you visit Budapest is to know how old the stuff you see began and reached its situation today (the old heroes really should be rewarded for that)...
Rudas - Turkish bath - Men only
The baths is believed to have been built in the 1550s and rebuilt by Pasha Sokol Mustafa in 1566. At that time it was called `Green Columned Baths`. The centre of the present Rudas Baths, the Turkish bath, was formed during the Turkish occupation. It has an octagonal pool under a 10m-span dome supported by eight columns and surrounded by a barrel-vaulted corridor. It exists today almost in its original form and is the core of the present baths. The swimming pool dates from 1896 and was the second indoor pool in Budapest. The thermal baths is popular with all ages, though is for men only. The swimming pool, which operates as a medicinal pool, is primarily visited by the elderly. However, children`s groups also visit in large numbers. Several generations have learnt to swim here. There are also complex physiotherapic services (daily hospital) offered on the second floor of Rudas Gyógyfürdõ.
30 kilometres south of Budapest is the small town of Martonvasar with the Palace that used to belong to the Brunswick family and there is a small museum in the palace (which is now a research institute) about their friend Beethoven.
It was there that the Family Brunswick had their palace, today it is a research institute. The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and often concerts are given on the little island in the lake there. We were interested in the palace because the family Brunswick were close friends of the composer Beethoven and we are “fans” of his. The head of the family Brunswick (a Count) had two daughters – Josephine and Therese and Beethoven gave them both piano lessons. He visited the family at Martonvasar several times and today there is a small Beethoven museum in the palace. When Beethoven died a letter was found in his belongings addressed to his “Eternal Beloved”. It is a really beautiful touching letter written by a true romantic, in his letter Beethoven never mentions the lady’s name and for a long time it was though that the lady in question was Therese von Brunswick. Now though that theory is not accepted, it is now thought to have been Antonie Brentano.