Buda Castle – #makeheritagefun
Castle of Buda has seen a good deal during the history since its origins from the 13th century. The rich past of the district contains various periods including a near 150 years long ottoman occupation. The castle played an important strategic role during the war after the revolution in 1848 and in the Second World War. The long and generous history means a colourful cultural heritage but several losses too. There is no doubt, the most painful injuries had happened during the siege of Budapest in 1945. The lack of reconstruction works and the political conceptions of the socialist area were also hardly affected the today’s picture of the Castle Quarter. The District was awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
On 20th of December, we made a tour in Buda Castle District as a part of the #makeheritagefun campaign. During the one hour long walk which was guided by two experts, we could hear various stories about the medieval and the modern history of the District. The story of the area is interesting again, because the Hungarian Government is planning to relocate some of the state institutions back to there after a long break from the end of the Second World War, so the Quarter is in the middle of the interest, because of the planned reconstruction works.
The endpoint of the tour was the Mathias Church where a professional from the church’s staff joined to us. With his help, we were lucky to enter the newly opened tower and get up to the top level, which is generally not allowed to tourists. Unfortunately, the weather was very foggy, so we could not enjoy the view to the city, but we have the promise to check it during better weather conditions.
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Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and AndrÃ¡ssy Avenue – Hungary