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Interesting facts of Buda Castle – part 2

Interesting Facts of Buda Castle - part 2

In one of our previous blog post we’ve described a few interesting facts about Buda Castle. Since many famous monuments and statues are located in this royal area we decided to write a second post about it.

The Story Behind Matthias Fountain

The statue represents the hopeless and unfulfilled love between King Matthias and her love, Ilona. Mentioned in the old legends, King Matthias often mingled among people in disguise. Once he dressed as a hunter and took a walk in the forest where he met a beautiful young lady, Ilona. They both fell in love with each other but the King didn’t reveal his identity. One day Ilona came to Buda to meet the King who was just returning back from an expedition with all pomp and glory. The secret revealed. Ilona new their love cannot be fulfilled therefore she was devoured by hopeless love.

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Turul Bird Statue

Turul Bird is a mythological symbol of ancient Hungarian past and Conquest. It represents Hungarian national identity and cohesion. Moreover it’s symbol of Divine Providence. According to some writings Turul was military symbol on weapons of Hungarians as well. The Turul also played an important role in Hungarian Conquest. Legends also say that the Bird led them to Carpathian Basin. When the Bird appeared from the sky they followed them, where it disappeared they settled down.

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Ruins of Medieval Castle Walls

The ruins of medieval castle walls were a densely populated area in the Middle-Ages. During archaeological excavations lot of priceless historical objects were found in this place. Most of them are now part of Historical Museum’s collection.

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Hungarian Presidential Palace

The Hungarian Presidential Palace – also called Sándor Palace – is the residency of the Prime Minister of Hungary. Originally belonged to the property of Count Vince Sándor who was famous for its strange behaviour. Well, his son Móric Sándor was known for the same strange behaviour as well. He was a very thin and weak child and only 17 years old when he first rode a horse. According to witnesses he perfectly rode horses starting from the first moment. With unbelievable horse back riding stunts he impressed every guests arriving to the Palace. As he grew older everyone remembered him as the “Devilrider”.

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Statue of Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary statue symbolize the unity of the country and inspires love and piece. The statue represents the special connection between Saint Mary and Hungary, as Virgin Mary is the protector of our country. Mary’s arms do not come in contact with the little Jesus which aims to express the mystery of incarnation. The child just floats in front of her Mother’s body. He puts his right hand on blessing and holds a ball in his left hand symbolizing the holy universe.

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Roam the streets of Buda Castle Hill

Roam the streets of Buda Castle Hill

One of our favourite places in Budapest is the Buda Castle Quarter. As you probably already know, Buda Castle is the most famous and visited attraction in Budapest and has many less known interesting facts. Many historical events took place in this area during the centuries. You can find monuments and architectural styles remained form the Rennaisance, the 145-year Ottoman era and traces of World War II. We can continue its colorful history for a long time, however in this post we highlighted other qualities about Buda Castle.

Panoramic View of Budapest

By roaming the streets of Buda Castle, don’t forget to take photos of the beautiful view over Budapest. There are plenty of places where you can see the city from different angles. For those who are in good shape, they can climb the stairs of the tower of Church Mary Magadalena or Church Matthias. Not many people know, but you can also see a wonderful view from the dome of the Hungarian National Gallery as well.

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Cave System Under Castle Hill

Did you know that an old cave system is located under the area of Castle Hill? It forms a complete city under the surface. This underground system served different kind of purposes during history, it sheltered many people in World War II and also operated as a hospital. Most parts of the caves are only accessible for specialist, but some sections can be discovered by the visitors too. You can take a guided tour in the Hospital in the Rock Museum or explore the Buda Castle Labyrinth.

Picturesque Promenade

The most famous walkway in Buda Castle is the Tóth Árpád promenade. It can be said, that this is the most beautiful promenade in the Castle Quarter. Not only tourists enjoy walking along the promenade, but you can also see local people spending their afternoon there by sitting on a bench reading a book, walking their dog or playing with their kids. We made pretty good photos about the promenade in each season.

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Interesting facts of Buda Castle – part 1

Interesting Facts of Buda Castle - part 1

Buda Castle Quarter is the heart of Buda and one of the most visited historical attractions in Budapest. Along with its significant history it has several less known stories.
Here are some interesting facts about Buda Castle which may inspire you more to discover this unique and outstanding neighbourhood.

1. The oldest building in Budapest

Did you know that the Red Hedgehog House is the most oldest building in Budapest, located in the Buda Castle Quarter? This house was built more than 700 hundred years ago, in 1260. The Red Hedgehog House has a very colourful story and it played many roles over the years. Under the middle window you will see the Red Hedgehog, the symbol of the building.

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2. The oldest Confectionery in Budapest

Ruszwurm Confectionery started its operation in 1827 located in the Buda Castle. Desserts and cakes were carried from this Confectionery for the members of Royal Family in the past. The building survived the siege of Buda in 1849 and still working uninterruptedly. We recommend to taste their heavenly delicious cream pastry dessert.

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3. Statue of András Hadik Hussar

Observe the statue of Andras Hadik who was a Hungarian Hussar in the 18th century. The statue is mostly covered with green rust, except for one area: the horse’s testicals.
Students preparing for engineering come here to polish this part of the horse. According to traditions, this custom will bring good luck for their exams.

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4. Tactile-Invisible

The Tactile-Invisble is a releif of the Fisherman’s Bastion and Church Matthias. The relief allows blind people to feel these attractions of Buda Castle. The important information of the buildings are provided on the relief with Braille writing.

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5. Did you know about Fisherman's Bastion?

The 7 towers of the Bastion represents the Seven Chieftains of the Hungarians. They were the leaders of the Seven Tribes who played an important role in the Hungarian conquest. You can enjoy an almost 200 degree panorama from the top of the Bastion. The dome of the Parliament and St. Stephen’s Basilica are exactly 96 meters high. This refers to the year of the Hungarian conquest in 896.