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Buda Hill and the Best View of Budapest

Modern-day Budapest is actually a combination of two rival medieval cities: Buda and Pest. While flat Pest is located on the eastern bank of the fabled Danube River and has traditionally been Hungarian, Buda, located on the western bank, is hilly, full of trees, and was historically inhabited by Germans, Ottomans, and Serbians before finally being assimilated by the Hungarians. 

Holy Trinity Square

* Buda was the former capital of the Kingdom of Hungary and thus contains Buda CastleMatthias Church, and the Fisherman's Bastion.

Matthias Church

* Built in the 14th Century, Matthias Church has played host to several royal coronations and weddings.

Holy Trinity Column

* A closer look at the Holy Trinity Column with its saints and angels.

Stephen I of Hungary

* The current Church stands on the site of a former one, founded by Saint Stephen, first King of Hungary. Unfortunately the original church was razed during the Mongol Invasion.

Entrance to Matthias

* Entrance to the Church reminding me of the one in Notre Dame, Paris, albeit simpler.

Entrance to Matthias

* While multi-colored like the Churches in Poland, the predominant color here in Matthias Church is gold!

Matthias Church

* Dramatic shot of Mother and Child.

Matthias Church

* One of the chapels containing another precious statue of the Mother and Child.

Matthias Church Frescoes

* Frescoes detailing stories of Hungarian Kings, Saints, and Miracles decorate the various chapels.

Matthias Church Ceiling

* Very nice! The decorations are much cleaner as compared to the other Churches in this trip.

Matthias Church

* A lot of the painting styles reminded me of the ones found in Orthodox Churches, which isn't surprising since Hungary (predominantly Catholic) has historically intermingled with Serbs and other people of the East where the Orthodoxy prevails.

Tomb of King Bella III

* This awesome looking tomb is actually that of King Bela III, King of Hungary and Croatia (1172-1196). Trivia: King Bela's first wife, was actually the daughter of Raynald of Chatillon, leader of the Templars and one of the villains in the movie, Kingdom of Heaven.

Matthias Mutt

* A fine mutt, buried with its masters?

Matthias Church Altar

* The altar of Matthias is just magnificent!

Matthias Church Altar

* Another shot of the altar, up close.

Matthias Church

* A very crusader-looking altar. I felt like I was back in Jerusalem when I saw this.

Matthias Church Coat of Arms

* Various Coats of Arms adorn the walls of this room.

Hungarian Crown Jewels

* The Missus posing with the Hungarian Crown Jewels. Check out the rock on that scepter!

Matthias Church

* An eerie sculpture of one of the Hungarian Queens. The stained glass windows greatly add to this effect.

Matthias Church

* We were lucky as there weren't a lot of tourists in the Church that day.

Matthias Church

* More details on the Church ceiling!




* Here's a 360 View of the Church Interiors!

Fisherman's Bastion

* Right behind the Church stands the imposing and majestic-looking Fisherman's Bastion.

View of Budapest

* Which also offers the best view of Budapest. Check out the Hungarian Parliament on the right.

Matthias Church

* Another view of Matthias Church this time from behind.

View of Budapest

* The newlyweds giddy from the spectacular view.

Fisherman's Bastion

* This would be a great venue for a fencing duel!

Fisherman's Bastion

* Yup, no one here save us tourists taking pictures!

View of Budapest

* Another view of Budapest; this time facing St. Stephen's Basilica.

Fisherman's Bastion

* Check out that view! Cue Gregorian chants.

Fisherman's Bastion

* On the way up to meet the King!

Fisherman's Bastion

* Lovebirds pose in front of the Fisherman's Bastion.

Fisherman's Bastion

* Quickly though as we did not want to obstruct this awesome view!

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