Weekly Photo Challenge: Narrow ( Alley of Szentendre )

This must be one of the narrowest alleys I have seen in Szentendre, Hungary.

I must admit there is nothing very interesting on both sides of the alley.DSCF0221

The alley, which is paved by cobblestones,  is located two blocks of housing and rises quite steeply too.

This must be a short cut for some of the residents.DSCF0219

Don’t be misled by this picture, many alleys in Szentendre are beautiful and interesting.

Please see the second picture.

Weekly Photo Challenge: look Up ( Church of St. Stephen )

This is one of the most interesting churches in Budapest.

The church ceiling is ornate, with  lots of details.

I also like the domes in several direction.DSCF0111

here is an introduction of its architecture in Wikipedia:

The church is named after Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038), whose “incorruptible” right hand is said to be housed in the reliquary.

This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest church in Hungary.

Equal with the Hungarian Parliament Bulding, 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). It has a width of 55 metres (180 ft), and length of 87.4 metres (287 ft). It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklos Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser. 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.DSCF0168

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. 

At first, the building was supposed to be named after Saint Leopold, the patron saint of Austria, but the plan was changed in the very last minute, so it became St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Harmony ( Bridge )

I like bridges, especially if they sit harmoniously with the surrounding.

This is a bridge we saw while taking a boat back from Szentendre to Budapest.DSCF0234

The bridge is aesthetically pleasing.

I like the color scheme, the form of the bridge, especially when viewed with a blue sky and the water.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate ( Chapel)

This picture was taken in Szentendre, Hungary.

I am sure very few readers would have seen it before, as photography in the chapel was prohibited.DSCF0193

As there were no signs, maybe only a notice in Hungarian, that photography was not allowed, I foolishly took this image.

Only to be warned by the staff there.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Door ( at Szentendre, Hungary)

Just can’t stop talking about doors as this is my favorite subject.

This door was captured in Szentendre, Hungary.DSCF0189

This is a quaint liitle town on the outskirt of Budapest, sometimes, it is called the Monte Marte of Budapest.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry (Széchenyi Bath in Budapest, Hungary)

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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.

The architecture was marvelous.DSCF0168

I particularly like the interior of the dome structure. There was a lot of symmetry in the design.

Even from the outside, the buildings did look great.DSCF0166

Must be an engineering feat at the time it was built.

St. Stephen Basilica in Budapest, Hungary

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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.

The church is named after Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038), whose incorruptible right hand is housed in the reliquary.DSCF0103

This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest building in Hungary.DSCF0105

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). DSCF0106

It has a width of 55 metres (180 ft), and length of 87.4 metres (287 ft).DSCF0108

It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklos Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser. DSCF0109

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.DSCF0111

Visitors may access the dome by elevators or by climbing 364 stairs for a 360° view overlooking Budapest.

At first, the building was supposed to be named after Saint Leopold, the patron saint of Austria, but the plan was changed in the very last minute, so it became St. Stephen’s Basilica.DSCF0107