Friday, 20 February 2009

Budapest stauary

There are some beautiful statues, friezes and fountains in Budapest. This was a very ornate fountain in one to the city's squares; it has 3 gods and 3 goddesses. The godesses are larger than life size, it is pretty spectacular.

What a shame that somebody has defaced this godess:

This statue was near the parliament building:

This boy is on the Pest side of the Danaube, on the riverside walk:

This boy is on the main shopping street, at one of the major pedestrian junctions:

Franz Liszt's statue, near the academy which bears his name:

Hermes, again on the main shopping street:

Wonderful girl with dog, on the Pest Danube riverside walk:

Fabulous statue of King/Saint Stefan, between the Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion, on Buda Hill:

Finally, assistance for those with poor, partial or no sight - a bronze landscape with braille labels, interpreting the view of Buda Hill from Pest, again on the riverside walk:

Monday, 16 February 2009

Fishermans Bastion, Budapest

High up on castle hill on the Buda side of the Danube, is the Fisherman's Bastion. It is very fairytale in appearance, all round towers, arches, and decorative elements.

Each column is decoratively carved:

Each tower is beautifully designed and ornamented:

The views must be stunning on a clear day, we visited on an atmospherically misty day.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

St Stephens Basilica, Budapest

Well, this place must be the epitome of baroque style, everything is embellished, and much of it is gilded. It is a very splendid building, with a bit of a history! After decades of talk, and 3 years of a failed Revolution, building began in 1851. The first buildre died in 1868, and when the second builder took over, he found that the building was unsafe and had large cracks in the walls. he fenced it off, and 8 days later, in a big storm, the dome fell in. He began again, with new plans, but he also died before the building was finished. The building was finally finished and consectrated in 1905.

The imposing frontage, you can see just how big the building is by looking at the people walking past:

A closer look at one of the towers:

And the dome:

When you get to the top of the steps, you can see a wrought iron 'screen', with gates, which can be closed to prevent access to the basilica, here is a detail form the left hand gate:

and the right hand gate:

Once through the gates, you find yourself in front of the main doors, which must be 15 feet or more in height, not used on a day to day basis:

Each circular element on the doors is a carving of one of the 12 apostles:

These are the doors you actually use to enter the Basilica - which are pretty splendid, as well:

And then you find yourself inside. And probably speechless, admiring all the decoration on the walls, ceilings and floors....

The view of the square from the Basilica:

And the lady who begs there each day.