Also in the heart of the Buda Castle district we saw the Roman Catholic religious institution, The Matthias Church, officially named The Church Of Our Lady. This is a stunning building in a beautiful setting.
|The Church Of Our Lady|
From here we took a ride alone the Andrassy Ut. This avenue is lined with spectacular mansions, townhouses, fine restaurants and cafe's. Located in central Budapest is the largest Opera house in Hungary, the National Opera House. This is an architectural wonder. We also saw Heroes' Square, one of the major squares in Budapest with its many statues of enormous height celebrates the heroes of Hungarian history.
The Parliament is one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings and is the largest building in Budapest and the tallest in Hungary. The architecture is stunning with a mixture of gothic and renaissance style.
On the Danube was the most moving memorial. Sixty pairs of rusty iron shoes cast from the time period 1944-1945, honors the victims of the Holocaust. Hungarian Jews, children, women and men that were shot into the icy cold Danube River by the notorious Arrow Cross Army.
|Sixty pairs of shoes.|
Two of the many bridges that connect the two halves of the city are the Chain Bridge and the Elizabeth Bridge. The Chain Bridge, a suspension bridge was the first permanent bridge that crossed the Danube. Two lions sit on each side of the bridge protecting its glory. The Elizabeth Bridge was named after Queen Elizabeth. Today, her large bronze statue sits by the bridge on the Buda side in a small garden.
|Me and Aurel|
|Catfish with Dumplings|
|Piano player at Pilvax.|