My next stop on my walk through old Buda town, was at András Hess Square to have a look at a religious statue. The statue was of Pope Innocent XI, which was erected in 1936, on the 250th anniversary of the liberation of Buda from Turkish rule. He was involved in organizing the re-capturing armies.
This square is named after Andrew Hess, the first printer of books in Budapest in 1473.
In the old town of Buda I came across what looked to be a very old Tower with a King Matthias relief on the front of it. I didn't know what it was, but a little research has revealed it is part of St. Nicholas Church & Dominican monastery, built in the 13th century and destroyed by Mongolians in 1245. The church was rebuilt in 1500, then destroyed again by Ottoman Turks in 1541, only the Tower survived.
In 1700 a new Jesuit college was built, incorporating the Dominican ruins with the tower.
Once again, the Tower survived during World War II bombing which destroyed the college.
In 1970 all the surviving ruins were incorporated into the new modern Hilton Budapest.
Even though Budapest's Hilton Hotel was built in 1976 and features all the amenities of a modern hotel, it could be described as a historic hotel. It was built on the site of a 13th century Dominican church and Jesuit monastery, and the remains of both constructions were included in the design of the hotel by its architect Béla Pintér.The facade of the hotel is that of the old monastery, and it's worth taking a look at the courtyard, which was built around the remains of the old church. It remains one of the few modern buildings in the Castle District, but I'd say it blends in well with the other buildings.
This is the bus stop in front of the entry at the Fishermans bastion and the Matthias church.
Of course, you can reach it also by foot. When passing The Chain Bridge you'll arrive at Clark Adam ter, turn on the right into Hunyadi Janos street and that's it.
On this picture you can see the Jesuits Stars which lead up through the Fishermen's Bastion to the Matthias Church. The edges of the stairs and walkways are decorated by neo-Romanesque ornamentation.
For real, it is statue of Pope Innocent XI, erected to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Buda's liberation from the Turks. This statue is near the famous Hilton Hotel in Buda district, old town.
This relief, dedicated to the king Matthias Corvinus, is a copy of a late medeival work. The original can be seen in Bautzen, Germany. It was made in 1930 and intended to be placed in the St. Andrews Church on castle hill. However, this church was destroyed during WWII and so the relief made its way to the monastery, which was also heavily damaged during the wars. Today, the Hilton hotel has incorporated most of the former monastery. The relief can be seen from outside.
Andras Hadik was an austro-hungarian count who gained fame as a commander in several wars of the late 18th century. He was famous for conquering Berlin during a surprise attack during the Seven-Years war. Perhaps this wouldn’t be as interesting, if there was not smething special about his statue. If you look at the testicles of Hadik’s horse, you’ll see that they are shining. Why? It is a costum among the students of the technical faculty to rub the horse’s genitals before an important exam.
This monument represents king Matthias and it is the perfect copy of the original, 9 metres tall monument built in 1486, that you can find in Bautzen, a beautiful german town.
The copy in Budapest was created in 1930 by Kálmán Lux, and they found an ideal place for that: the saint Andrew church, near the Matthias church was destroyed during the centuries and only a part of the main facade left of it. This part was first incorporated to a monastery (mostly destroyed in the second World war) and than to the Hilton Hotel.
To see it you must take only a few steps from the Matthias church towards the Hilton hotel.
You can find this building right next to the Alexander Palace. It was built in the XVIII. century. In the period of Joseph the 2nd (1780-1792) the Carmelites had to leave the chloster. The beautiful baroque altar was brought to Sárospatak(you can still see it there in the main church of this town), and the whole complex was transformed to a fancy theatre. In 1942 the balcony fell down. After this the building were used as a weapon storage. In the wwII. also this building was havily damaged. This palace hosts today the National Dance Theatre, and the Foundation for the mantenaince of the Castle district, and you can find here a very good restaurant as well.
But soon this will change: within a couple of years also the internals of this building will be recontructed for representative purposes. In fact it will be part of the office of President of the Republic.
It didnt' occur to me until I was in Budapest that their are two sides the Buda side (where the castle district is at) the other side is not. The Buda side you can do yourself with with a map, and walking shoes. Do not pay to have someone take you via tour group because you will miss out on so much. It is so worth the walking up the hill and into the first castle which then leads you into this magnificant town that just seems to open up and leads you to Saint Matthias Church which if you are lucky they might be performing that night and you can go for free. Be prepared that the prices here are pretty expenisive for food. In this section is also the famous labryinth which is a must do with the laterns that are given to you.
The rest of Budapest is so accessible via foot and a good map, try stopping by Vaci street and going from there. At first it is a bit intimating since you may think, I don't know the language, but there are lot of friendly people there that will help you out. the photo ops here are incredible and the place is just beautiful with history so be prepared to take lots of picutes.
Huh, what were people thinking of each other before this mega-bridges were built? Must have been worlds appart. As everything else in Budapest, you must see some of it's brilliant, great bridges. Sit and enjoy.
When you get off the bus in Buda's Castle District, the natural inclination is to head straight for the major places of interest. But before doing that, head instead for the little garden in the corner of the square. It's delightful and from the edge are wonderful views of the city.
The Buda Quarter is a UNESCO world monument and features the former Royal Castle, the Church of St. Matthew, the Fischer Bastion and a beautiful ensemble of historic houses. As it is located on a hill overlooking the Danube, the bridges, Parliament and the Pest side of Budapest, you have the finest view on the city you can imagine.
You get one of the most beautiful sights from BUDAPEST over the hill of course ..there are two ends and "4 corners" ..two of them looking to the river and the other two looking to the west..some other hills and neighbourhoods
in the south end there is the Royal palace and museums in
The Royal Palace is a symbol for hungarian always occupied or involved in wars. the turks occupied it in 13th Century, after the Habsburgs. Destroyed 3 times and rebuilt after, it keeps a neo-classical style taken on after 2 world war
it doesnt take a long ride from one to other end, walking easily just 15 minutes or 20 as much as
The banks of the Danube river and the Buda Castle quarter is one of the worlde outsatinding urban landscape and illistrates the great periode in the history of the Hunfarian capital was inscribed in 1987 on the World Heritage List. In the 2002 the site was extended with the Andrassy Avenue and its surroundings with the Heroes' Square and the Millennum Underground that it is a representative example of late 19th century social development and civil urban Planning.