Budapest Journals

Travels in Hungary - Budapest, Part II

A September 2004 trip to Budapest by roza4

Quote: Budapest is a beautiful city, and once you've visited it, you understand where the inspiration for the world-famous operettas comes from...

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István-bazilika)

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Attraction | "St. Stephen's Basilica"

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A portal of monumental proportions on a large square in front – that’s how you first see the largest church in Budapest. A neo-Renaissance basilica with coffered cupola and ceilings with frescoes between the cofferings, stained-glass windows of kings, mosaics with gilding of evangelists on the tall main cupola that you can see from a distance, red marble large columns with gilded tops, a very impressive organ that looks like a small theater (or the balcony), two smaller altars with paintings and a high altar with St Stephen himself in the middle offering his Hungarian crown to the Virgin Mary in a canopied chapel with a semicircle gallery on both sides – that’s a very brief description of just a frac...Read More

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St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István-bazilika)
St. Istvan Ter District V
Budapest, Hungary 1051
+36 1 317 2859

Hungarian State Opera House

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Attraction | "Budapest Opera (Hungarian State Opera House)"

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Phone: (36) 13530170 Email: info@opera.hu A very large neo-Renaissance building with four gated porticos with frescoed ceilings of angels and muses is a very beautiful opera house, especially inside. It was built after the design of the same architect who designed St Stephen’s basilica. Next to the main entrance, there are statues of Liszt and Erkel. On the sides, you can find statues of female sphinxes and muses. Balconies on the second floor are covered with mosaics. The lobby is a collection of arches supported by grey marble columns. The floor is laid out in tile that reminds of the ancient Greek mosaics. The ceilings are covered with frescoes of angels and floral motifs, w...Read More

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Hungarian State Opera House
Andrassy Ut, 22, District Vi
Budapest, Hungary 1061
+36 (1) 353 0170

Great Synagogue

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Attraction | "Dohány Street Synagogue"

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Unguided visit – 1000Ft for adults, 400Ft for students Guided tours are also available. The ticket is for visit to the synagogue, museum, and the cemetery. The largest in Europe synagogue is a very imposing building of yellow brick with red Mudejar décor. It was built in 1854-59, when almost a quarter of Budapest population were Jews. At one time, close to 3,000 people would attend the service at the same time. Inside you can see two balconies of dark wood above the main floor. The torah arch is a large white Mudejar arch with gilding, and behind it is a large organ. The cupola and ceiling are covered in squares decorated with multicolored Sephardic designs with pink backgroun...Read More

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Great Synagogue
Dohany utca, 2-8
Budapest, Hungary 1074
+36 1 342 1335