Castle Hill, Budapest

Castle Hill is a kilometre-long limestone plateau towering 170m above the Danube. It contains some of Budapest’s most important medieval monuments and museums, 
and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. 

This is probably the biggest post I have ever made, beware of loads of photos, enjoy the pictures!

Liberty Bridge, Budapest

The Liberty Bridge is 333.6 m in length and 20.1 m in width. The top of the four masts are decorated with large bronze statues of the Turul, a falcon-like bird, prominent in ancient Hungarian mythology.

St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest

Today our route is basically within the Andrassy Avenue, we took the tram and start to walk towards St. Stephen's Basilica. It is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest. The name is to honor Stephen, the first King of Hungary (975–1038). 

It is told that Stephen's right hand is housed in the reliquary, it is said that his right hand is "incorruptible". St. Stephen was the sixth largest church building in Hungary before 1920 and now it is the third largest church building in present-day Hungary.

Budapest, Hungary

Touch down Budapest, capital of Hungary!

Budapest is the tenth-largest city in the European Union by population within city limits. When I arrived, I didn’t know what to expect of Budapest! I know that it is a beautiful city and with beautiful architecture--plus the fact that it actually in my bucket list but haven’t had the chance to put it in realization; so it's about time to explore the eastern Europe!

I must say that Budapest has strengths in commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment!! 

The central area of the city along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has many notable monuments, including the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, Gresham Palace, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Matthias Church and the Liberty Statue. Many of these will be in my next post. Another famous landmarks include Andrássy Avenue, St. Stephen's Basilica, Heroes' Square, the Great Market Hall, the Nyugati Railway Station built by the Eiffel Company of Paris in 1877 and the second-oldest metro line in the world, the Millennium Underground Railway. The city also has around 80 geothermal springs, the largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building in the world.

Fontana di Trevi

Fontana di Trevi, Trevi means ‘three-ways’; referred to the junction of three roads on Piazza dei Cruciferi and also a famous Goddess named Trivia. She protected the streets of Rome and had three heads so she could see everything going on around her. She would always stand on the corners where three streets met.

Do not drink the water from the fountain (for your own health benefits) nor throwing a coin in for a speedy return to Rome! But do pray to Lord that you'll come back someday. I did.

More about the Trevi fountain can be viewed and read in my post here, from a visit of a couple years back. 

Rome Colosseum

Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes, stone-robbers and "recycle-use" of the marble commissioned by the past Pope, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and has also links to the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum. The Colosseum is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin.

More of the picture inside the Colosseum can be viewed in my post here

Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

look at the Crepuscular rays from St. Peter's Basilica
Musei Vaticani is Italian for Vatican Museums, that is located within Vatican City. It is established in the year of 1506, north of St. Peter's Basilica.

This is my second visit, my first visit can be viewed in my post here

The Vatican Museums are Christian and art museums that display works from the immense collection amassed by Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments.

Pope Julius II founded the museums in the early 16th century.  The Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze di Raffaello decorated by Raphael, are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums. In 2017, they were visited by 6 million people, which combined makes it the 4th most visited art museum in the world.

There are 54 galleries /or sala (I call it chamber of display) in total, with the Sistine Chapel being the very last sala within the Museum. There is no doubt that Vatican Museum is one of the largest museums in the world.