SNAPSHOTS OF HUNGARY
The Buda Castle is one of Hungary’s most magnificent symbols, along with the Chain Bridge (which was closed for renovations when we were there). It is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest. It was first completed in 1265, but the massive Baroque palace today occupying most of the site was built between 1749 and 1769. It is also referred to as the Royal Palace. The imposing Buda Castle sits at the top of Castle Hill and offers an impressive panoramic view over Pest and the river. The palace complex is equally breathtaking at night when the overpass and the castle are lit up! We spent a little while just walking around the grounds and admiring the views.
If you look at the Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest you can see that its walls are quite new, and the whole structure is more like a fancy terrace than a fortification or castle wall… The Fisherman’s Bastion was built between 1895-1902. Its walls are whiteish, with lots of windows, stone benches, arches, arcades, etc., which castle walls do not have. The current building of the Fisherman’s Bastion was already designed to be a beautiful panoramic terrace view to serve as a perfect lookout point in any weather, and also to enhance the beauty of the Matthias Church. These two works were designed by Frigyes Schulek who reached back to the Romanesque and Gothic architecture details found in Hungary…
Consequently, the Bastion was inspired by the architectural style of the early medieval times (Neo-Romanesque) approx. the year 1000, when the first Hungarian kind started his rule. What is more, the 7 towers of the Halaszbastya features the 7 Hungarian chieftains who had led their tribes to the present day Hungary to settle down in 895, and the Statue of St Stephen (1906), the first Hungarian king (1000-1038). In short, it is a historical monument for the millennial Hungary.https://fishermansbastion.com/history
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!