I walked at a turtle's pace. Plus my sketching itineraries, it took me a whole morning to get to Buda Castle.
Now whenever I see something beautiful, I am overwhelmed with the strong longing to send it all to my beloved family. I drew a postcard of the dome of the palace and mailed it to my dad and mom.
The castle has 203 rooms, housing the Budapest Historical Museum and the National Gallery.
馬提亞斯溫泉 /Matthias Fountain
The central figure is King Matthias Corvinus (1443-1490), his followers, hounds, and a killed deer.
After walking around, I was highly interested in this equestrian statue. Though it was really freezing, I still took out my sketchbook without hesitation. Having stood in front of it for a while, I realized my presence had helped to promote it because more and more tourists paused to take a photo with it. I looked up the background of the sculpture a moment ago. The horse rider is actually Prince of Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736). He was known for defeating the Ottoman armies. He was one of the most glorious military commanders in European modern history, rising to the highest office at the Imperial court in Vienna.
There was a stall offering service for tourists to try their hand at shooting arrows opposite the palace 500 forints per time.
The streets in the Castle District.
the huge rose in front of a souvenir shop.
The emblem design of a certain shop.
The cute boy was making the Hungarian pastry chimney cake (kurtoskalacs).
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Because I had a huge and sweet apple cinnamon roll for lunch, I didn't succumb to the beauty of the boy. Thus I borrowed a photo from the website of a bakery in Debrecen, the second largest city in the east of Hungry, for my reader to have a picture. See, my travel blog is getting to be professional.
Though it had started to rain, I was very happy to find Matthias Church, which I had had difficulty getting to, in front of my eyes!
Matthias Church was first built in the 13th century, named after King Matthias Corvinus, who was mentioned earlier in this post. During his 42-year-long reign from 1458 to 1490, he was a great patron of art. When the Turks captured Buda in 1541, they made some change to the interior frescoes. In 1686, after the Turks were overthrown, the local architects tried to add then popular Baroque elements, but it wasn't considered a successful attempt. In the late 19th century, the architect Frigyes Schulek renovated the church to its original splendor and uncovered the Gothic elements. He also added the diamond patterns to the roof, which can still be seen today.
Next to Matthias Church is Fisherman's Bastion, which was also designed by the afore-mentioned architect Frigyes Schulek. It was completed in 1905. The name comes from the origin that it sits in the neighborhood of a fisherman's town. There are seven towers, each representing a Magyar tribe that came to Hungary in 896. This is one of the best sites for overlooking the whole city.
When I was going down the hill, it rained a little bit heavily. Two old men were playing the fiddles really hard, though not very professionally. Moved by their diligence, I threw some coins along with other tourists. However, as I took some steps, the music stopped abruptly. As I turned back, I realized that they did so because all the tourists had gone and they felt like taking a break with no one around. Ah, Hungarians...