Budapest - The Pearl of the Danube (A Photo Series)

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17th Dec 2017
Photo of Budapest - The Pearl of the Danube (A Photo Series) by Diptarka Gupta

Situated on the banks of Danube in Central Hungary with hilly Buda to the west and Pest to the east, the colourful city of Budapest (or the twin cities of Buda and Pest) exchanged many hands since the Hungarians settled in the area around 10th Century AD. The Mongols plundered and destroyed both the cities in 13th Century. It was rebuilt again. before the Ottomans captured in 16th Century and built several mosques and baths across the city. After around 150 years of Ottoman rule, the Austrians conquered the city and it was a part of Austria-Hungary till end of World War I. The architecture of Pest is heavily influenced from the Austrians, since most of the buildings were built during that time. The the city went through terrors from the Nazis and the Communists through the 20th Century until the fall of Soviet Union. Apart from all this, Budapest has the 2nd largest Synagogue in the world(largest outside Israel), the 2nd oldest underground railway system(M1 line) in the world after London and was home to one of the greatest footballer of all time Ferenc Puskás. The newer part of the city is a financial hub with many multinational companies having their offices. And if you happen to see any really ugly building in this beautiful city you can only blame the Communists.

Photo of Budapest, Szimpla Kert, Kazinczy Street, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Sunday Farmer's Market at Szimpla

Photo of Budapest, Szimpla Kert, Kazinczy Street, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Folk Musicians playing Zither

Photo of Budapest, Szimpla Kert, Kazinczy Street, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Colourful and funky farmer's market at Szimpla

Photo of Budapest, Szimpla Kert, Kazinczy Street, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Some delicious homemade cheese

Photo of Budapest, Szimpla Kert, Kazinczy Street, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Budapest, Andrássy út, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

St Stephen's Basilica. No king, but legendary footballer Ferenc Puskaś is buried here.

Photo of Budapest, Szent István Király Plébániatemplom (Bazilika), Szent István tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Former US President Ronald Reagan's statue at Liberty Sqaure. Shows the Hungarian's appreciation of the US President to end the Soviet influence in Hungary?

Photo of Budapest, Liberty Square, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Hungarian Parliament

Photo of Budapest, Liberty Square, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Hungarian Parliament

Photo of Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Margaret Bridge and Danube from Olympic Park

Photo of Budapest, Olimpia park, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Shoes on the Danube Bank - memorial in memory of the victims shot by the fascists during World War II.

Photo of Budapest, Shoes on the Danube Bank, Idősebb Antall József rakpart, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Chain Bridge and Buda Castle

Photo of Budapest, Széchenyi István tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Hungarian marcipan at a Christmas Market

Photo of Budapest, Széchenyi István tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta
Day 2

Liberty Bridge, the cantilever bridge

Photo of Budapest, Liberty Bridge, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Great Market Hall

Photo of Budapest, Great Market Hall, Vámház körút, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Hungarian Beef Goulash served on a bread bowl

Photo of Budapest, Great Market Hall, Vámház körút, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Inside the Great Market Hall

Photo of Budapest, Great Market Hall, Vámház körút, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

The largest thermal bath in Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Bath

Photo of Budapest, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Állatkerti körút, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Vajdahunyad Castle

Photo of Budapest, Vajdahunyad Castle, Vajdahunyad vár, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Vajdahunyad Castle

Photo of Budapest, Vajdahunyad Castle, Vajdahunyad vár, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Vajdahunyad Castle

Photo of Budapest, Vajdahunyad Castle, Vajdahunyad vár, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Heroe's Square

Photo of Budapest, Heroes' Square, Hősök tere, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Heroe's Square - depicting the the seven Magyar cheiftains.

Photo of Budapest, Heroes' Square, Hősök tere, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

The Budapest Hall of Art

Photo of Budapest, Heroes' Square, Hősök tere, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Inside Matthias Church

Photo of Budapest, Matthias Church, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Inside Matthias Church

Photo of Budapest, Matthias Church, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Hungarian Parliament from Fisherman's Bastion

Photo of Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion, Szentháromság tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Fisherman's Bastion

Photo of Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion, Szentháromság tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Matthias Church

Photo of Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion, Szentháromság tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Chain Bridge and Danube from Fisherman's Bastion

Photo of Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion, Szentháromság tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

The largest parliament in mainland Europe

Photo of Budapest, Fisherman's Bastion, Szentháromság tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

The iconic Chain Bridge or Szecheyni Bridge

Photo of Budapest, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Chain Bridge, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Buda Castle

Photo of Budapest, Széchenyi István tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Christmas decorations leading to St. Stephen's Basilica

Photo of Budapest, Szent István Király Plébániatemplom (Bazilika), Szent István tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Decorated Christmas Tree in front of St. Stephen's Basilica

Photo of Budapest, Szent István Király Plébániatemplom (Bazilika), Szent István tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Inside St. Stephen's Basilica

Photo of Budapest, Szent István Király Plébániatemplom (Bazilika), Szent István tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Inside St. Stephen's Basilica

Photo of Budapest, Szent István Király Plébániatemplom (Bazilika), Szent István tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Christmas Market at Vörösmarty tér

Photo of Budapest, Vörösmarty tér, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta
Day 3

Dohany Street Synagogue - the 2nd largest Synagogue in the world and the largest outside Israel

Photo of Budapest, Dohány Street Synagogue, Dohány Street, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Inside Dohany Street Synagogue

Photo of Budapest, Dohány Street Synagogue, Dohány Street, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Liberty Bridge from Gellert Hill

Photo of Budapest, Gellért Hill, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Liberty Statue

Photo of Budapest, Gellért Hill, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Liberty Statue

Photo of Budapest, Gellért Hill, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Those huge paprikas!!!

Photo of Budapest, Great Market Hall, Vámház körút, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta
Photo of Budapest, Great Market Hall, Vámház körút, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Lángos - A Hungarian Street food

Photo of Budapest, Great Market Hall, Vámház körút, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Shop selling honey at Great Market Hall

Photo of Budapest, Great Market Hall, Vámház körút, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Great Market Hall at evening

Photo of Budapest, Great Market Hall, Vámház körút, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta

Hannukah at Dohany Street Synagogue

Photo of Budapest, Dohány Street Synagogue, Dohány Street, Hungary by Diptarka Gupta
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