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Budapest - The Pest side

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An October 2006 trip to Budapest by LenR

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Quote: The Pest side of Budapest is the place to stay. This journal suggests sightseeing options within walking distance of the downtown hotels.

Budapest - The Pest side

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Hungarian Parliament Building Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Budapest is made up of the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Pest is busier, more populous, and more alive than Buda. It is the place to stay. Pest was settled by merchants, and commerce has always been its lifeblood. The inner part of the city is surprisingly homogeneous in appearance due to the fact that it was laid out and built during the late 19th century. At that time, Budapest was the second most important city in the Hapsburg empire, after Vienna, and everything was built on a grand scale.The Inner City, known as the Belvaros, is the hub of Pest and the center of attraction for visitors. This area is awash with shops, pavement cafes, boutiques, and nightclubs. Because of the communist er...Read More

Heroes' Square

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Attraction | "Hero's Square & the Museum of Fine Arts"

Heroes' Square Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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This is one of Budapest’s grandest sites. Everything is on a monumental scale. The square was laid out 1896 to mark the 1000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest. Since 2002 the Millennium Monument, together with Andrásy Avenue, is part of UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage sites. It is located at the end of Andrásy út, next to City Park in the VI district. You can walk along Andrasy Avenue from the city center, or take the M1 (yellow) metro line to Hõsök tere station. The Millennia Monument, at its center, has a 36m high column topped by the figure of Archangel Gabriel, and this is surrounded by the chieftains who led the Magyar tribes into the Carpathian Basin. Behind this, a semicircula...Read More

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Heroes' Square
Top of Andrassy ut
Budapest, Hungary 1062

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

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Attraction | "St. Stephen's Cathedral"

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István-bazilika) Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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The Basilica is the largest in Budapest. It has a dome height of 96 m/315 feet, and a capacity of up to 8,500 people. Construction began in 1851 when Pest was still just a small city. Jozsef Hild was the architect who began the project, and it was taken over after his death by Miklos Ybl in 1867. It is he who gave the Neo-Renaissance style to this monumental building. In 1868 the dome collapsed, luckily nobody died. Ybl drew up new plans and building started again, almost from scratch. He didn't see his work completed, since he died in 1891. József Krauser finished St. Stephen's Basilica in 1906. You can really experience the vastness of the basilica from the inside. Walk around and view th...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

Roman Ruins

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Roman Ruins Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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When you are in central Pest don’t miss Contra-Aquincum, which is a Roman fort excavated on the right bank of the Danube by the Pest bridgehead of Erzsébet Bridge. It was built by the Romans to secure safe passage across the Danube. This small fort, with its rhombic plan, measured 86 by 84m and was protected by horseshoe shaped towers. It was probably built about 2000 years ago, however, its place was taken over by a major fort as early as the 2nd century. A section of the northern wall and two of its towers may be seen in their original location along the embankment. A modern walkway provides good views of the fort. It is worth a visit because it is right in the center of the city. ...Read More

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Roman Ruins
Throughout Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Parliament Building

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Attraction | "Parliament House"

Hungarian Parliament Building Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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Looking out from the vantage point of the Fisherman's Bastion across the Danube, the flat Pest skyline between the Margaret bridge and Lánchíd is dominated by only one building, the Országház (Houses of Parliament). But don’t just view it from afar; the building is much more interesting close-up. Conceived and built for the millennium celebrations of 1896, the Imre Steindl design was only finished in 1902 (the year of his death). Inspired in part by the Palace of Westminster in London, its white neo-Gothic turrets and arches stretch for over 250m along the Danube embankment. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise in 1867, in which a dual monarchy was created, Hungary received more in...Read More

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Hungarian Parliament Building
Kossuth Lajos Ter, 1-3 District V
Budapest, Hungary 1055
+36 1 441 4904

Inner City Parish Church

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Inner City Parish Church Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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It is easy to discount this building because it is hemmed in by an elevated roadway, but the Inner City Parish Church, standing flush against the Erzsébet Bridge in Pest, is one of the city's great architectural achievements. It is also the oldest building in Pest. The 12th-century Romanesque church, that was first built on this spot, was constructed inside the remains of the walls of the Roman fortress of Contra-Aquincum. Some ruins of this fortress still survive (see Roman ruins). The church was destroyed by the Mongol invaders. In the early 14th century, a Gothic church was built where the Romanesque church once stood, and this medieval church, with numerous additions and reconstructions...Read More

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Inner City Parish Church
Marcius 15 ter
Budapest, Hungary 1056
+36 (1) 318-3108