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"The Old Town, after being..." Budapest Favorite Tip by Pegasus74

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Favorite thing: <font face=verdana>The <b>Old Town</b>, after being destroyed in WWII, was reconstructed to restore its original allure. Retaining their medieval form, the cobbled streets run amid stretches of baroque and Gothic houses, many of which have peaceful courtyards. The <font color='008FFF'>Fisherman's Bastion</font>, with its seven conical turrets connected by a walkway, presents a perfect river panorama. Through the arched viewing terrace, you can get a good view of the elegant Parliament building together with its reflection on serene Danube.

Conspicuous by her spectacular spire, the neo-Gothic <font color='008FFF'>Matthias Church</font> is not to be missed. Located next to the Fisherman's Bastion, its exterior is resplendent with multicolored roof tiles and its dazzling interior is richly decorated with beautiful floral motifs. On Easter Monday while I was there, this place was packed with tons of worshippers, as well as visitors who simply peep and go.

The <font color='008FFF'>Museum of Military History</font>, located at the west corner of Old Town, is one interesting museum that houses a wide range of such military items as uniforms, weapons and flags relating to the skirmishes and wars that have afflicted Budapest. The exhibit about the 1956 Revolution is of particular interest. This section displays pictures of the demonstrations which ended in a Soviet invasion and a huge civilian death toll.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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