Budapest: the Belváros

Vörösmarty tér

The Belváros – or Inner City – is the hub of Pest with many shops and cafés. We passed through it several times on our way to and from other places, so the pictures that follow are highlights taken on different days.

Vörösmarty tér

This square, seen above, is the hub of the hub, if you like. It’s dominated by the statue of Mihály Vörösmarty (1800-55), a poet renowned for his hymn to Magyar identity, the first line of which is carved on the pedestal: Be faithful to your land forever, oh Hungarians.

Decorated buildings

I can’t now remember where many of the buildings and monuments depicted in the rest of the post were! This beauty has panels depicting the four seasons.

This gorgeous art deco panel of Our Lady, Patron of Hungary, is on Szervita tér.

These are on Váci utca.

And this is the Great Market Hall.

Churches

There were many churches in the area, but we only seem to have pictures of these two, the Protestant Church and the Servite Church.

Statues and fountains

As usual in Budapest, we found many delightful examples.

And, finally, that is the end of my Budapest diary. Since we were there in March we have been accumulating many Scottish photographs so the next few posts will be closer to home.

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51 thoughts on “Budapest: the Belváros

  1. nomad, interrupted October 10, 2017 / 21:54

    Wow, you did a great job of identifying many of the buildings and statues. I didn’t do so well, but I snapped a lot of photos. Mike, probably annoyed by my stopping every few minutes, told me I wasn’t allowed to photograph any buildings I couldn’t identify, but of course I ignored him and continued taking pictures! You did have some blue sunny days! 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh October 10, 2017 / 22:19

      We had good weather from what I remember, though quite cold. We followed the routes in our guidebook so if I’d forgotten what a building was I could usually identify from the book afterwards.

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      • nomad, interrupted October 11, 2017 / 14:04

        I’m curious to know what guidebook you used. You did a great job of identifying everything. 🙂

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        • Anabel Marsh October 11, 2017 / 15:08

          We had the Rough Guide to Budapest. From what I remember from your blog you had a general Hungarian Guide so ours was probably much more detailed.

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          • nomad, interrupted October 11, 2017 / 17:41

            I have enjoyed the Rough Guide for other places, and yes, our Lonely Planet Guide was on Hungary, with only a section on Budapest. Maybe it was all we needed for the three days we spent in the city. If we’d had a week, your more detailed guide would have been better. 🙂

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            • Anabel Marsh October 11, 2017 / 17:48

              I like both Rough Guides and Lonely Planets – the choice generally comes down to which was in the bookshop when I looked.

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  2. Wild Wild Basch September 13, 2017 / 13:08

    Thank you for sharing! I am traveling to Budapest next week, I am going to spend 2 nights in the city. Let’s hope it is enough to visit most of the best places. I am spending the first day in Buda and the second in Pest. The city looks delightful!

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