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: 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

Genbaku Dome, Hiroshima, Japan

Here stands the skeletal remains of a products promotion hall designed by a Czech architect.

It was left as it is after the atomic bomb “Little Boy” left its mark in Hiroshima on the fateful day in 1945.

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The building was the only structure left standing near the bomb’s hypocenter. Soon commonly called the Genbaku (“A-Bomb”) Dome, due to the exposed metal dome framework at its apex, the structure was scheduled to be demolished with the rest of the ruins, but the majority of the building was intact, delaying the demolition plans. The Dome became a subject of controversy, with some locals wanting it torn down, while others wanted to preserve it as a memorial of the bombing and a symbol of peace. Ultimately, when the reconstruction of Hiroshima began, the skeletal remains of the building were preserved.

This dome reminds us that peace does not come naturally; usually it comes at a price and sometimes the price is very high.

Travel Theme: Circles (2)

This is my second attempt at Ailsa’s Travel Theme of the week which is circles

Some of the most perfect circles I have come across are those seen from the ceiling of a baroque style church in Lithuania – the St. Peter and St. Pauls’ church in Vilnius, Antakalnis area.DSC_0349

The set of circles just fit in so harmoniously and there were a lot of attention to details.