Sunday, November 10, 2013

Visiting Budapest [Part 5/6]: Great Market Hall and roaming the city

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Part five takes us out of the night and to our penultimate day in Budapest. We visited the Great Market Hall, and roamed the city during sunset to take glimpses of parts we hadn't seen before.
This Series includes:
Part Six: Visiting the Hungarian Parliament
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The Great Market Hall or Central Market Hall is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest. The idea of building such large market hall arose from the first mayor of Budapest, Karl Kamermayer, and it was his largest investment.


 Most of the stalls on the ground floor offer produce, meats, pastries, candies and spices.







 After the visit to the Market Hall, we roamed the city, starting with a coffee break.




Best chocolate muffin I ever ate, with a fudge melting interior.




After we rested we crossed the Liberty Bridge to the other side of the city. The bridge was built between 1894 and 1896. Many trams used to cross the twin-road bridge, which was also heavily burdened with car traffic, and there is an initiative to convert it to a pedestrian-only crossing once the fourth underground metro line is completed in Budapest in the coming decade.




On the other side we climbed the park hill and visited a underground church, in the Gellert Hill Cave.


 In 1945, the Soviet Red Army captured Budapest. For six years, the cave continued its religious functions, but in 1951, the State Protection Authority raided the chapel as part of increasing action against the Catholic Church. As a result of the raid, the cave was sealed, the monastery's superior, Ferenc Vezér, was condemned to death







For a small entrance fee, a audio guide is provided, giving detailed descriptions of every corner.


Just outside the entrance to the church, on the south slope of Gellért Hill, stands the Szent István-szobor, a stone statue of St. Stephen that was created in 2001 by Pál Kő. It depicts the saint, who was the first king of Hungary, standing aside his horse and holding a model of a Romanesque church in his hands.


Upon returning to our apartment, we crossed the bridge again, as the setting sun was giving a warm glow to the surroundings.








The Budapest Train Station. Our metro station was nearby, and since I was eying this view since we arrived, I had to take the opportunity and finally get the shot.


I hope you enjoyed this somewhat lengthy post. In our final part we will visit more parts of the city, including the Hungarian Parliament.

38 comments:

  1. Such an incredible and beautiful city and so much history!! Superb captures as always, Mersad!! Thank you for sharing! Have a great new week!!

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    1. Thanks so much for checking out all the parts.

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  2. COMPLIMENTS for so much FANTASTIC pictures....it's a interesting post,
    i hope to visit once that lovely city for a few days.

    Greetings, Joop

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  3. Such wonderful photos of a beautiful city - and filled with so much history. You're photography is amazing!

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  4. your brain should be on overload with all these beautiful places and buildings and malls. so much beauty every where. i like that gold head statue.. and the green bridge is wow..love that round window in the underground church, that is so cool...

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    1. There is indeed so much beauty in the city.

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  5. This is a fantastic city and I inspired by all your pictures. These pictures are terrific! You captured the most interesting moments of your visit to this beautiful city! Mersad, you a beautiful photographer!

    Greetings.

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    1. That's high praise, coming from you.

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  6. Such a beautiful ,colorful city.
    Fabulous shots !!

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  7. Gorgeous! The colors are really vivid! I continue to be impressed with the low light capabilities of your new 6D! Glad you found the auto-enhance settings and I hope it fixed your issue.

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    1. It did. Thanks again for helping Brian.

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  8. What a great place to visit.

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    1. We loved every minute of our stay.

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  9. It is another fine series. I love the photo of the green bridge against a background of light-colored buildings. And, your market hall photos bring back good memories of time spent there a decade ago.

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    1. I wonder if it has changed at all since you visited. It seemed like one of those timeless places.

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  10. The photography is excellent, Mersad. The market could give a person color overload. :) That chocolate muffin made my mouth water! You seem to have captured the "flavor" of the city in these images.

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    1. Thanks Linda. So glad you enjoyed the images.

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  11. Wonderful history and photography! Love the church shots and the green bridge.
    So glad you introduced me to your blog. It's been a pleasure 'traveling' with you. :)

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    1. I love your blog too. Thanks for visiting me back!

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  12. What a great tour. The food looks very good, too.

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  13. Wow! The vivid clarity of your photos is outstanding! (not to mention the interesting scenes & subjects in them!) I thoroughly enjoy your composition - what an experience they are to view.
    And I can't deny - that chocolate muffin is mouth watering.

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    1. I had a fun time with that muffin, let me tell you! :)

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  14. Fantastic photographs! the spot looking wonderful to visit in your photographs..
    Such great your.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  15. oh wow! Such fantastic pictures. You really make this place look so exciting. I love the indoor stalls.

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    1. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed them.

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  16. Awesome pictures, Mersad, and a great history lesson. Wherever hubby and I went we always liked to visit the local market places so I enjoyed looking at your pictures of what looked to be a terrific one. I would definitely have bought one of those magnets to add to my collection.

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    1. We did buy them. One is proudly displayed on our fridge as I type this. :)

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  17. Fascinating. I would love to visit Hungary, especially Budapest.

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  18. Mersad, you outdone yourself in these pictures again. I looked yesterday at them and I came today, just to enjoy these pictures.

    Amazing photography!

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    1. You're too kind. Thanks so much! Loved your new posts as well.

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  19. Hallo Mersad, ich bin total beindruckt von deinen Bildern, es sind die weltbesten Fotos, die ich jemals hier bei Bloggern sehe, echt du bist der coolste Photograph!!! Deine Bilder sprechen! Gruß

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    1. Danke Dir für das tolle Kompliment. Das ist echt nett von Dir. Freut mich das Dir die Bilder so gefallen.

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