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    Views from the Fire tower I-the Old town square

    by 1courage Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    The main square from the Fire tower II
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    -->...the main square. The building on the left is the City hall, while the one on the right with the baroque ornaments on the facade is again the Pósa house. Do you see that one covered on the second pic? Since 2003 I see that building in the same shape: since 4 years nobody continues the reconstruction. I would be very curious of what`s going on, but not even this time I managed to recieve some infos:) Probably there is some kind of a action at law or something. Well I hope that next year it will be finally restored. (I say it every single year>;-) ).
    On the third pic you can see a cute little yard in the castle with the walls.

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    The Regina Mundi church

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    The church from the Iskola street
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    This not very big, but very caracteristic church was built in romantic style on the projects of József Szentirmai in 1860 and it was the bishop Ranolder to commission it. In 1926 a chapel was added to it. In 1948 the communists wanted to take it away from the catholic church and it was the legendary cardinal Mindszenty to withold it. If you want to return to the Szabadság square, go up on the Óváry street (it begins right at the church) and you will arrive in 5 minutes. Than you can finally head towards the main square and to the Veszprém castle.

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    The main (Old town) square II

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    The town hall of Veszpr��m
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    On the Main square you can find the City hall built in eclectic style at the end of the XIX. century. You can see the Fire tower from here. There is a cute fountain (quite famous in Hungary) that represents a lady who is sheding water from a jug. From this place you can quit the main square (there is a street that goes down-see pic 4), but it`s better going on towards the Castle...-->

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    Nice neo-gothic building near the park

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    lovely neo-gothic building
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    If you go to the other side of the City park you cannot pass by the very original neo-gothic building of the City Bibliotheque After taking a look at it, if you turn to the right, and walk about 60-70 metres on the Iskola street and you will see a very particular romantic-neo gothic church...(see pic n.IV)-->

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    The County hall

    by 1courage Updated Aug 2, 2007

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    ....the County Hall. This enormous and fancy late-eclectical building was constructed at the end of the XIX. century (it was finished in 1886). Here you can find lots of offices, but it can be visited inside only if there are concerts in the evening. This is a real pity, because I`ve heard that the concert hall is fabulously ornated. It`s really hard to take a photo of this building even from outside, because it`s near the park of the city and the trees cover it. The city park nearby is really fabulous, see next tip...-->

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    Streets near the Castle

    by 1courage Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    If You arrive to the little street that goes to the main square of Veszprém, you will see some very lovely houses and restaurants.

    Here you got 2 choices.

    1. (The wrong)go immediately to the castle
    2. (The good choice) See the other parts of the city

    This part is the very centre of the city. However it`s well worth taking a look to the other parts of the innercity. You cannot miss the street-you will shortly see a huge white building, one of the finest architectual masterpiece of the city....-->

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    Lovely neo-baroque church at the main road

    by 1courage Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    The st. Margareth church
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    This church (consacrated to Saint Margareth of the Árpád dynasty) isn`t originally baroque and it`s not even very old. It was built at the first part of the XX.century. It can be seen even from the viaduct. In fact, in Veszprém the churches are mostly constructed on the highest points of a mount. In importance and size it`s not to be compared with Rome, but, like the Ethernal city, also Veszrpém was built on 7 mounts: the Vár-mount, Benedek-mount, Jeruzsálem- mount, Temető (cemetery)-mount, Gulya-mount, Kálvária-mount, Cserhát-mount.
    This church itself is not very richly decorated, but it`s internals and colours are very wellcomeing. It`s surely worth a visit. Even if the church can not allways be found open-you can enter the main door to see the internals.

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    Returning to the city centre.

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    View of the Fire tower
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    Returning to the innercity could be hard and weary. Just see on pic five, how sheer the street wich goes up is. This is why I wrote as "Con" the fact that Veszprém is quite hilly, but to be said that the public transport is not bad at all.
    Nonetheless all the way up you can see nice buildings and views, so it`s worthwile not to take the bus, especially if you take a one day visit, like I used to do.

    Well, that was it. I hope you`ve enjoyed this virtual visit to Veszprém, the city of the Queens, of stunning views and of a lovely Castle.

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    The main (Old town) square I

    by 1courage Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    The P��sa house
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    On the main square you can see almost every architectual style that caracterize the last 3 centuries of Hungary: baroque, copf, classical, eclectical and secessionist buildings.
    They are mostly owned by a Bank or an insurance company, but you can also find some good restaurants and bars here.

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    The city park

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    Lovely park scene
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    In the very well kept city Park you can find two nice statues, a theatre and of course lots of green:

    1. The Erzsébet/statue (Queen Elisabeth-Sissy)
    2. The Petőfi theatre, built in popular secessionist style on plans of Medgyaszay István in 1908.
    3. And near the theatre the Petőfi statue. Petőfi is one of the biggest hungarian poets, and he was an actor himself. A curiosity: he died exactly on the day I write his tip, on the 31th of july 1849 in a battle at Segesvár.
    4. You can see here a section of the old external city walls

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    The last part of the Vár street-nice buildings

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    Nice building I
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    At the end of the Vár street, near the Saint Michael`s cathedral you can see some further exellent baroque and classical buildings.
    I put in some more images, to show you, how these buildings look like.

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    Streets in the Castle district

    by 1courage Updated Aug 1, 2007

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    Street in the castle
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    The Veszprém Castle has a main street wich goes straight from the Castle gate to the other extremity of the zone. There is furthermore a square (Holy trinity square), where you find the Cathedral, the Holy Trinity monument, the Franciscan church, the Gizella chapel and the Archbishop`s palace. The other streets of the castle aren`t very big.
    After the devastations of the XVI-XVII. centuries almost the entire street was rebuilt in the XVIII. century in baroque style, but there are some eclectical buildings as well. Fortunately some very percious medieval parts of the castle survived the turkish wars.

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    Views from the Fire tower I-the city

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    View towards the St. Margareth church
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    To enjoy the views, you must do about 70-80 steps in the spiral staircase. Once you`re arrived to the top, you can read some interesting facts about the history of the tower and you can see some old images as well. Than just take a turn around the tower and enjoy the great 360 degrees panoramaical view on the city.
    First watch the city itself, than...-->

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    Approaching the Cross...

    by 1courage Written Aug 1, 2007

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    approaching the cross
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    From the István&Gizella statue go back to the Cathedral. At the back you will shortly see a way down and stairs: those bring you down to the Cross. This place gives you an awesome view to the castle and of course great photo taking opportunities to the castle and to the rest of Veszprém.
    Please see my "warnings or danger" tips!

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    Views from the István&Gizella statue

    by 1courage Written Aug 1, 2007

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    View of the lower city
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    From this point of the castle you can see the lower parts of the city and the Bakony mountain. These houses are mostly newly constructed (far not allways), but they have a very typical style-I just love thos red rooftops. On the other pic you see a cliff with a cross. I suggest you to there (like almost every tourist does, because of the great views of the castle.
    To go there...-->

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