Saturday, October 25, 2008

Photo Scrapbook: Budapest, Part I

After checking into the Hotel Mercure Korona for a 3-night stay in Budapest, we visited the 3-story Great Market Hall at the south end of Vaci Street, now a tourist zone with restaurants and retail shopping. That evening we had a wonderful dinner at Restaurant Karolyi, located in what was formerly the Karolyi Palace. In addition to the restaurant, one can enjoy the beautiful gardens and visit the Petrofi Literary Museum, founded in 1954 as the national museum of 19th and 20th century Hungarian literature.
The Parliament was built between 1885-1902. Pest - the economic, political and financial center of the city - is spread out in the flatland on the left side of the Danube. The banks of the Danube region of Budapest is registered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Inside the Parliament our tour guide described the building as "a living landmark" with 691 rooms, 10 courtyards and 29 staircases. This was the most impressive of the staircases; the rotunda dome is 96 meters high.

Doug is standing in Heroes' Square at the 118' stone column with a statue of the Archangel Gabriel at the top; at the base ride 7 bronze horsemen.

After visiting the Millennial Monument, a semi-circular twin colonnade with statues of Hungarian kings and leaders, Doug and I spent the rest of the afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts, located at the north side of Heroes' Square. We were especially interested in seeing the special Egyptian exhibition.
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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