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Buda Castle, that has been built for 6 centuries

The construction of the gothic style Buda Castle was started in the middle of the 14th century. It started to decay from 1541 during the Turkish era. It again suffered serious injuries in 1686 when the Holy League tried to re-conquer Hungary from the Ottoman Empire. It was restored partly in Baroque style, but in the same time it's original style was preserved. Since 1985 there is a gallery a museum and a library in Buda Castle.


The most glorious era of the castle was definitely during the rule of Matthias Corvinus. Although it has not been expanded that time, but it has been enriched and rebuilt several times. The Renaissance, that was born in Italy was first applied here and then moved over to North-Europe towards Prague and Krakow. That was mostly due to the fact that Matthias married the daughter of the Napoli king and she could bring many architects and designers from Italy. That was the time when his world-wide famous Bibliotheca Corviniana library was established. The royal court was not only for arts, but it was a vivid place for sciences. There were many scientists, astronomer and historians in the court. ...

After 21 years of renovation it is finally ready

The Hungarian Parliament is one of the most famous spot in Budapest. It is the home of the Hungarian National Assembly. The building itself is located in the V. district on the bank of Danube.


The renovation of the side that faces the Danube was completed after 21 years in September, 2009. The Hungarian National Assembly in 1880 has decided that it needs a permanent building to operate. There were a few architects in 1881 applying for the job. Finally Imre Steindl was given the project. ...

One of the most famous spot in Budapest, the Fisherman's Bastion

No visit to Budapest is complete without a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion. It is located in the 1st district on the Castle Hill. Supposed to be one of the most famous spot of the city. Even if you only have a couple of days for Budapest, this is a place where you should go. The wall that is parallel to the Danube is approximately 140 meter long. It's stone towers symbolizes the Seven chieftains of the Magyars.


The Bastion has been built between 1895 and 1902 in Neo-Romanesque style, according to the plans of Frigyes Schulek. It's name implies that this part of the Castle has been protected by fishermen's guild in the Middle Age. After the bombing of the second world war the towers needed to be restored. These restorations were carried out by the son of Frigyes Schulek, John Schulek in 1947 and 1948. Since it was already a part of the protected sites of the city, it has been prioritized in the works. The Fisherman's Bastion is the part of the world heritage sites since 1987. ...