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Greetings to all TE friends.
I have been at Budapest.
The Photo shows the Buda Castle, the Mattia Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion.

The Buda castle is one of the most famous and most visited sights of Budapest , It is a Unesco World Heritage location, offering many interesting attractions, museums, evocative streets, squares, restaurants and shops.

The Royal Palace is one of the symbols of the country. It has seen many battles and wars since the 13th century. In its buildings there are three museums and it also gives home to the Széchenyi Library. The nearby, beautifully renovated Sándor Palace is the residence and workplace of the Head of the State. The 700-year-old Matthias Church is the jewel of the Hungarian capital. The Fisherman’s Bastion is not only a special and characteristic building but also an excellent point from where the view of the city is spectacular; visitors from all over the world are attracted to it.

After an unexpected, devastating attack by the Mongols the first citizens of Buda moved to the hills in the middle of the 13 th century. Later the royal court was relocated to the Southern end of the mountain – that is when the quarter began to boom. Buda became one of the most significant cities of Europe by the 14th century, the population was around 8000. It slowly declined during the Turkish rule, which started in 1541, and little remained of it after the liberating siege (1686) with 75 days of cannon fire. The Austrian authorities could count but 300 inhabitants in the city. It was later rebuilt, and the street lines were not changed, but most two-storey buildings had only one storey from then on. They built a Baroque town, hiding the ruins behind thick walls. It was under siege again in 1849, and then rebuilt again to host Hungarian ministries. After a long and peaceful period, it was reduced to ruins again in January 1945. Several Medieval remnants were uncovered during cleaning up the ruins, and these remnants were not walled up again. Based on the traces, the walls must have been coloured everywhere

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