Just can’t stop talking about doors as this is my favorite subject.
This is a quaint liitle town on the outskirt of Budapest, sometimes, it is called the Monte Marte of Budapest.
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In our travel planning, we thought we were going to the thermal baths of Szechenyi, Budapest.
But in the end, not all of us would like to have spas there and we ended up just visiting the place.
I particularly like the interior of the dome structure. There was a lot of symmetry in the design.
Must be an engineering feat at the time it was built.
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Going to church on Sunday?
The St. Stephen Basilica in Budapest, Hungary is one of the most beautiful basilicas that I have visited.
Here is a collection of my photos taken at the basilica.
The text (in italics) below is lifted from – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Equal with the Hungarian Parliament Building, it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest at 96 metres (315 ft) – this equation symbolises that worldly and spiritual thinking have the same importance. According to current regulations there cannot be taller building in Budapest than 96 metres (315 ft).
Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up.
The architectural style is Neo-Classical; it has a Greek Cross ground plan.
The facade is anchored by two large bell towers. In the southern tower is Hungary’s biggest bell, weighing over 9 tonnes (8.9 long tons; 9.9 short tons). Its predecessor had a weight of almost 8 tonnes (7.9 long tons; 8.8 short tons), but it was used for military purposes during World War II.
Visitors may access the dome by elevators or by climbing 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest.
Here is an introduction from the Wikipedia on the shoes:
The composition entitled ‘Shoes on the Danube Bank’ gives remembrance to the people shot into the Danube during the time of the Arrow Cross terror. The sculptor created sixty pairs of period-appropriate shoes out of iron. The shoes are attached to the stone embankment, and behind them lies a 40 meter long, 70 cm high stone bench. At three points are cast iron signs, with the following text in Hungarian, English, and Hebrew: “To the memory of the victims shot into the Danube by Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944–45. Erected 16 April 2005.” (Source: MTI, Saturday, April 16, 2005.)
They also remind me of the people who were shot dead in Nanjing in WWII and their bodies were thrown into the river.
Szentendre along the Danube is a place I will never be tired of strolling.
I like the colored walls of their buildings, especially the yellow walls.
This is a photo I like, people sipping their cafes blissfully – what a life!
The buildings on the side s just converge.
This week’s WPC challenge is Contrast.
I have always asked myself what photography is about.
It is about composition, light, creativity, texture and, of course, contrast.
This photo is taken inside a church in Budapest – this is my first example of contrast.
I have always taken a liking to stained glass, but many times in my photography, I have failed to photograph the colors.
Hope this one is of sufficient contrast.
Budapest is, of course, not as busy as New York City or Hong Kong where I am based; but nevertheless, the city center can be quite busy with everything – people, private cars, boats, trams always seem to be on the move.
We did not miss the opportunity of riding on the bus. The public bus is not a rigid long vehicle but allow rotation in the middle as the long vehicle negotiate through winding roads.
I suppose these are the means which keep the city moving!