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Citadella - Citadel, Budapest: 29 reviews and 63 photos

  View of the Citadel
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  • View of the Citadel - Budapest
      View of the Citadel
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  • The fortress near the entrance - Budapest
      The fortress near the entrance
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  • view of the fortress to the South - Budapest
      view of the fortress to the South
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  • The fortress and the Liberty statue - Budapest
      The fortress and the Liberty statue
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After the beat down of the revolution and indipendence war (1848-1849), the habsburgs decided to built this fortress to terrorize the population and to prevent any further uprising. Strangely, the citadel was projected by hungarian architects, Emánuel Zita and Ferenc Kasselik, and it was finished in 1851. The fortress was constructed on the place of a previous one, built during the turkish occupation, wich was smantelled in the XVIII.century.
Th citadel is 60 meters wide, 220 meters long,
60 cannons promised an adeguate response to any further rebellion.
In 1867 the year of the equalization between Habsburgs and the hungarians, the inhabitants pretended the demolition of the fortress, but it never occured. In the 1890`s the fortress was transformed, and after the wwII, also the communists decided to keep it as a tourist centre. I didn`t put in more pics, because, clicking on the link below, you can see great panoramical images of this place. Some parts have already been restored, but the Citadel needs a complete renovation. You can see even the holes, made by cannons in the wwII. on the wall.

Address: 1118 Budapest, Gellerthegy, Citadella
Directions: On the top of Gellert Hill in Buda. Access by bus #27 from Moricz Zs. korter. Get off at Busulo Juhasz (Citadella) stop and walk uphill. Cars not allowed.
Phone: 36706393757
Website: http://www.citadella.hu/pano/qt_hun_szabszob.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 21, 2006
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