We traveled from Prague to Budapest by train and
arrived at our hotel on the banks of the Danube near the Chain Bridge
Fishermen's Bastion is a Neo-Romanesque monument
to the Guild of Fishermen and was built in 1895. In front of the
bastion is a statue of St. István, the king who introduced
Hungary to Christianity.
The bastion occupies the site of Buda's old defensive
walls and a medieval square where fish were once sold.
Budapest straddles the Danube River and consists
of two parts, Buda and Pest, which are situated on opposite sides
of the river and connected by a series of bridges. This is a view
of the Pest side and its Parliament building taken from Fishermen's
Bastion on the Buda side.
The Millennium Monument was built to commemorate
Hungary's Millennium celebrations in 1896, but was not completed
until 1929. At the center is a 120 foot high Corinthian column topped
by the Archangel Gabriel holding St. István's crown and cross
signifying Hungary's conversion to Christianity under King István.
Árpád, leader of the Magyars who settled
in Hungary in AD 896 is at the front/center of the monument. He is
surrounded by six of the conquering Magyar warriors.
The right-hand colonnade of
the Millennium Monument on Heroes' Square. Statues of great Hungarians
are arranged within the colonnades.
The Central Market Hall in Budapest.
Inside the Central Market Hall there are more than
180 stalls displaying a huge variety of vegetables, fruit, meat and
We saw radishes on display here as large as tomatoes.
Budapest commuters on their way to work.
A Hungarian flag outside Parliament with a hole
in the middle. During the Hungarian uprising against the communist
authorities in 1956, the communist arms were removed from the center
of their flag, leaving a hole.