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The most beautiful building of the street
Favorite thing: As you can see in these General tips, the streets and churches in Budapest are really fantastic. Let`s start with the Alkotmány (Constitution) street, wich you find right next to the Parliament.
However the streets nearby we can see loads of secessionist buildings (see other tips), this one was constructed some years earlier compared to them, in eclectic style. It is surely one of the most elegant and expensive streets in Budapest It begins at the Bajcsy Zsilinszky street and ends at the Kossuth square-it runs into the Parliament Building.
But before presenting these streets, in the following tips I`m going to write about the fabulous churches of Budapest.
The fancy nave
Favorite thing: As a big fan of the baroque architecture for me surely this is the most impressive church internal in Budapest.
Here is a video of the internals which I made at the same time when I shot these photos
To be noticed the big chrystal chandeliers wich hang on very long chains. Sometimes you can have the impression that one of them will fall on somebdy`s head in the next moment. But if this didn`t happen in the past c.ca 250 years, why should it happen now?:)
Also this church suffered some damages in the second world war, but far not as much as some others in the city. For example the original altar painting, Mátyás Schervitz`s work, had to be replaced with a new one, made by Győző Fáy in 1954, but most of the internal decorations (in baroque,rococo and copf styles) are original.
Wiew of the basilica from the Zrinyi street
Favorite thing: I start my Budapest street tips with this lovely street with begins at the Roosevelt square (Pest bridgehead of the Chain bridge) and goes straight into the Szent István square (the basilica).
This was the first street that has been completely pedestrianized recently as part of the project whose purpose is trasforming the city centre a liveable place with more green, more pedestrian areas and less cars. This project`s name is Budapest`s heart project and we are only at the beginning: within c.ca 10 years hopefully we can see a completely different city centre.
Since it`s transformation and since the car traffic was banned (still I see some cars parking there, dunno why) the Zrínyi street is one of the nicest places in Budapest and I think it is a very positive sign for the future.
The frontal facade
Favorite thing: This is the biggest baroque church in budapest. It was built by the Paulita order and by many called the most beautiful. The church-wich also needs a complete, both external and internal-renovation, is incorporated in the Eötvös Lóránt university (here is an archive image from the period when the University wasn`t built yet and the eastern facade still could be seen) and on the opposite side it has an own chloster building. You can notice the two tall towers from a big distance (an advice: approach it from the nearby Károly garden from wich there is a splendid view of the church).
The paulita monks took more than 50 years (1725-76) to built this church and they didn`t spare the marble and the gold to decorate it.
After the dismission of the paulita order (yes, again Joseph the second) it was interconnected to the usinversity.
To be noticed the stirring I.st word war memorial relief on the facade.
The 4 ceilings
Favorite thing: Also the 4 not really big, but very nice ceiling frescos are worthy of note.
Even though they are not originals: they were not painted in the period when the church was built, but only in the 1920`s.
Nevertheless, their neaobaroque style is in a perfect harmony with the internals!
Sadly we cannot see any ceiling fresco in the sanctuary. Those, created by Mátyás Schervitz in the 1760`s, haven`t survived the centuries and were never repainted.
Beside the church
Favorite thing: Originally this church wich you find at half way between the Margareth bridge and Aquincum was built in 1705 by the local german colony, but it was completely rebuilt between 1746-1766 Kristóf Hamon's an Máté Nepauer's plans. The main altar was built by Hickisch Kristóf in 1799. The church was transformed by Miklós Ybl in 1877. This reconstruction was necessary also because in 1875 the church suffered grave damages in a storm.
(well, it's not that kind of tip, but just try the bakery near the church-it's simply faboulous, with loads of fantastic cookies and things like that:) )
2 side altars
Favorite thing: My favourite altar painting in this church is the not so big one that represents saint Charles Milan`s archbishop who saved and cured the sick people during the plague. This painting is Gergely Vogl`s work while the frame was designed by Károly Bebó.
The Kiscelli altar was moved here from the nearby Kiscelli chloster wich today is a museum.
The other altars are the Maria hilf, the Saint Julianne and the Saint Anne altar.
The church from the Szerb street
Favorite thing: This cute church was one of the first ones wich were built after the liberation of Pest-Buda from the turks. The constructors were serbian ortodox settlers and the works lasted for 3 years (between 1695 and 1698). This church was completely revised and rebuilt in 1731, while the bell tower was erected in 1752.
It`s surrounded by a wall and this didn`t chancge during the decdes-centuries. Unlike the neighbourhood! Until the middle of the XVIII. century this church stood alone. Then, when the eclectic innercity was built, this church wich had dominated this part of the city almost disappeared.
To visit the church you must pay a tiny admittance fee (1 EUR or stg.-as far as I remember). You can see some lovely icons wich were saved from the other serbian church, in the Tabán district wich was destroyed in the WWII.
Just take a look at the other buildings of the Szerb street-they have really nice facades!
The main facade of the church
Favorite thing: This church was built by the dominicans. They initiated the edification of the church and the chloster in 1700 wich lasted for 1716, but the original church was destroyed by a fire. In the second fase (1720-1730) the monks constructed the nave, while in the third (1745-1765 ) they finished building the choir, the westry, the tower and the facades. The church was damaged by different infaust events: in 1809 the tower and the rooftop were detroyed in a fire and had to be rebuilt, while in 1838 the Danube mad some damages but soon it was repaired.
The external part of the church was refurbished recently, but the internal renovations...-->
The ceiling of the main nave
Favorite thing: The interior of the church is beautiful, and these tiny resolution and quite dark pics cannot give back the real splendour.
The church internal is very spacious and has 3 naves. The stained glass windows are amazing: they represent saints of the Árpdian dynasty other scenes from Saint Margareth`s life. Also the frescos on the walls, created by Henrik Heintz depict the saint, while those in the sanctuary show the 12 apostles.
The main altar, made by Siklós marble (Hungary`s best quality marble) is work of the artist Lajos Krausz.
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