Budapest is stunning with lots of grand architecture both sides of the Danube. I took this panorama while on a boat Buda is on the left and Pest on the right - the 3 close ups were taken at different times
The statue from the top of the hill is Lady Liberty - the only communist era statue that remains in the city but it was kept as it was such an iconic image on top of the hill. You can also buy a bottle opener of this image, makign use of the way she is holding up her arms!
I loved all the ornate detail on the bridge - reminded me a lot of the decorations in Vienna - not surprising given that Austria occupied Hungary for many decades. There are soaring birds on the top of many structures and plenty of other triumphial decoration.
This church is a great example of the mix of architectural styles in many of the buildings - the coloured tiles are made in Hungary and used on many buildings. The architectural style borrows from several classical and European forms - the same is true on many buildings - as the great architects tended to have travelled widely in Europe and so used all the bits they liked when designing back home.
There really is a lot of grand architecture and lots of decoration on the buildings - I got a crick in my neck from looking up so much. I was suprised at how little evidence there is of the decades of communist rule in the architecture in the centre of the city.
Enjoying all you snap sets and happy to see so many of you still taking part each week.