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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Budapest Day 3

We started our day taking the The Budapest Castle Hill Funicular or Budavári Sikló; down to the hop on hop off bus. We toured the last remaining sites of our bus tour to consist of crossing Margaret Bridge, driving past St. Anne Church (Szent Anna Templom), paralleling the Danube and overlooking the Parliament and stopping at Pier 8 (last night we were at pier 7 for our dinner cruise). We got off again at the Market and from there we walked to the New York Cafe. One of the tourists on the bus yesterday recommended we dine there so we dine. Basically we can say we enjoyed an extremely overpriced meal just to say we went there.  After lunch we walked through the Budapest Ghetto; a ghetto where Jews were forced to live during the Second World War. We toured the Dohany Street Synagogue as well. Hungary has the largest Jewish population in East-Central Europe and the second largest synagogue in the world. The Jewish quarter is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list of sights. 

Photos from today:
Riding the funicular

View from the funicular
Lamp holder faun in front of the New York Palace Cafe.
The Dohany street Synagogue and the Hungarian Jewish Museum are in the same building. The synagogue was named after the street, but it is also known as the great, or main synagogue. It is among the top 10 sights of Budapest.

Interior of the Synagogue

Memorial of the Hungarian Jewish Martyrs — at least 400,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered by the Nazis. It resembles a weeping willow whose leaves bear inscriptions with the names of victims.
St. Stephen’s Basilica is the largest church in Budapest and can hold up to 8,500 people. 
In architectural terms it’s a cathedral, it was given the title of ‘basilica minor’ by Pope Pius XI in 1931. It took 50 years to build the Basilica. Building commenced in 1851, and the inauguration ceremony took place in 1906 and was attended by Emperor Franz Joseph. During its construction, in 1868 the dome collapsed and rebuilding it had to start almost from scratch, which explains the delay in the Basilica’s completion.
Tiles in front of St. Stephen's Basilica

We finished up our night with a quick bite on the Buda Castle district side at a cute local restaurant. All the food experiences we've so had far have been great. We head back home tomorrow!

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