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BUDAPEST SYNAGOGUE, CHURCHES IN BUDAPEST HUNGARY


THE GREAT JEWISH SYNAGOGUE

Budapest HungaryHave a look at the recently restored Budapest Great Jewish Synagogue. With colourful dome, fresh maroon and ochre stonework, it is one of the biggest in the world, it seats over 3000 worshippers. There is a Jewish Museum in the Great Synagogue with relics from the 18th and 19th Century including the Holocaust in Hungary. VII Dohany U 2. There is also in Budapest, a recently opened memorial to the Hungarian Jewish Martyrs.

The final years of World War II, the Jews in Budapest were targeted by the Nazis with dreadful consequences.

SAINT STEPHEN’S BASILICA (Szent Istvan Bazilika)

Like so much of Budapest, the Basilica is a mix of styles with classical and neo-renaissance features. It was started in 1851 and not completed until 1905. The Church is decorated with many fine works of art, paintings, scultures (most by Hungarian artists). In the Church is the relic of St Stephen – his preserved right hand – it lies in a richly decorated case.

THE CHURCH OF ST MATTHIAS

The Church of Saint Mattias (Matyas-Templom) is on the ramparts of the Castle, from your Street Map of Budapest you’ll see the Church is on Szentharomsag Uta.

The Church dates back to the middle ages but in the 15th Century it was rebuilt by King Matthias. Inside the Church, are the towering neo-gothic arches framing the ornate altar, the walls with some magnificent frescos.
This Church was used for the coronation of several of the Kings of Hungary.

Behind the St Matthias Church is an equestrian statue of St Stephen the first King of Hungary 977- 1038.

BUDAPEST TOP 10 ATTRACTIONS – The sights below are “must do’s” on any visit to Budapest. After you’ve been, you’ll have your own list. Budapest has a wide range of important sightseeing options but many people go without a pre-prepared list of what they want to see – this is wise because around every corner in Budapest is something likely to appeal to someone. Another point about sightseeing in Budapest is that many people don’t have a mental picture of the magnificent buildings such as the Budapest Parliament Buildings, the Royal Palace in Budapest, etc – despite the fact they are stunning.

1. Spend some time on Castle Hill, Buda Castle, Royal Palace, Obuda
2. Go to the Budapest Citadella and The Freedom Monument
3. Walk up Andrassy Street to Heroes Square
4. Grab a bit of Culture in BudapestOpera, Concert, Folk Music, etc
5. Look at the wide Danube River and cross over the Chain Bridge
6. Take a trip to somewhere outside Budapest – Danube Bend, Visegrad,
Esztergom, Cruise on the Danube, Szentendre (St Andrew) etc
7. Soothe your aches in a Thermal Bath, visit Vajdahunyad Castle and
City Park (Varosliget)
8. Go on a trip to Statue’s Park
9. Visit some Churches, the Great Jewish Synagogue, St Stephen’s
Basilica, St Matthias Church
10. Admire the Houses of Parliament but make sure to take a tour of the
interior