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25 Jan 07 Father, Son and Holy Spirit painted on the ceiling of the Sanctuary of Esztergom's Basilika 120 feet up. The portion shown is only a small area of the spectacular painted ceiling.
25 Jan 07 Early sunset looking from Esztergom across the Danube into Slovakia. The bridge was built in 2001, replacing the bridge destroyed by the Germans in 1944.
Circa 1857 Russian Icon of Christ on the Cross.
30 Jan 07 Most buildings in Budapest have numerous stone carvings, brass reliefs, paintings, or mosaic tiles, or a combination of these, adorning their outside structures. This is a lion supporting a balcony in Pest.
30 Jan 07 Peter & Lori just north of the Parliament building on the Pest side of Budapest, looking across the Danube into Buda. The tall building showing between us is Matyas Church on Castle Hill.
31 Jan 07 Belvarosi Plebania Templom with statue depicting the Trinity, in the Szechenyi Ter square in Pecs, southwest Hungary. The Templom, now a Catholic church, was built by the Turks as a Mosque circa 1550.
31Jan 07 Bronze relief of Jesus being baptized, with the Father and Holy Spirit above, on the Trinity statue in Pecs.
31 Jan 07 Stone carving over the south entrance of the Pecs Basilika. These carvings are typical of the dozens and even hundreds of them on each of the churches all over Hungary.
1 Feb 06 Fogadalmi Templom in Szeged, southeast Hungary. Showing on the left in front of the church, is the Domotor Tower built between the 11th and 13th centuries. The Fogadalmi Templom, seating 6,000, has 12,000 organ pipes. It's one of our favorite churches we've seen thus far in Hungary--it takes abundant advantage of natural light to show it's beautiful paintings, statues and mosaics inside.
1 Feb 06 Holy Trinity statue in the Fogadalmi Templom square. All of this statue is shown in the photo of the Templom and Domotor Tower.
1 Feb 06 Stone relief on columns of the arched south door of the Fogadalmi Templom. As noted above, such carvings adorn all the churches in Hungary.
1 Feb 06 Tile mosaic above the alter in the Fogadalmi Templom, again showing the Holy Trinity. Nothing can describe the magnificent colors and detail in the artwork in this church.
1 Feb 06 Dome of Szeged's Fogadalmi Templom, perhaps 45 meters high and 20 meters in diameter. It's an incredible sight of paintings, lighted with natural light. Notice the four corners at the bottom of the dome, clockwise from top left are mosaics showing, "Temperance," "Prudence," "Justice" and "Fortitude."
04 Feb 07 Early evening looking from Castle Hill across Buda, the Margit Bridge (1872-1876) and into Margit Island. In the foreground of the photo is St Elizabeth Church (mid 1700's). Note the 70' bus and the 200' tram on Margit Bridge--you can walk the full length inside this new tram as you're whizzing from north Buda, across the bridge into north and then south Pest and finally into south Buda.
04 Feb 07 Early evening looking from Castle Hill across the Dunube to the Parliament building (691 rooms; 1885-1902). The Parliament is Hungary's symbol of democracy, although it was crowned with the red star during Hungary's occupation by the Soviet Union. During that period, Hungary's crown, adorning buildings, gates and doors, and churches was much replaced by the repressive red star.
04 Feb 07 Szent Istvan Bazilika (St Stephen's Basilica) (1851-1905) in early evening from Castle Hill.
05 Feb 07 Another view of the first dome in Eger's Grand Bazilika, showing only half of the dome--this half of the dome depicting Jesus giving the keys of the Church to St Peter.
05 Feb 07 St Anthony Church referred to as the Minorita Templom (1758-1767) in Eger. It is considered one of Hungary's finest examples of Baroque architecture.
05 Feb 07 Top Photo: Inside the Grand Bazilika (early 19th century) in Eger. This magnificent basilica has four fresco-painted domes, with the main dome about 120 feet high (this is one of the smallest domes of the four). Windows very high up provide natural light. (Most of the much-older churches we've photographed are sometimes so dark inside that we can't see any detail of what we've photographed until we review them on the computer.) Bottom Photo: The first dome (not the main dome) in Eger's Grand Bazilika. The photo can only give a small impression of how magnificent it is to see the real thing. The colors and use of light are marvelous. When we can, we photograph most domes directly under their centers looking straight up. Often, when we photograph churches, Lori and I are the only people in the church.
05 Feb 07 A portion of one of the hand-carved pews in the Minorita Templom. Each pew is carved in the front and back and ends. It's beautiful work, and over 230 years old.
05 Feb 07 One of the Minorita Templom's ceiling frescos. With most of the fresco still intact and it's still-vibrant colors, it's amazing to consider it was painted before America was founded.
07 Feb 07 This carved-stone relief on the south side of the Grand Cathedral in Gyor depicts WW I, that resulted in Hungary's freedom from monarchy under Austria.
06 Feb 07 This beautiful street scene is typical of many in northwest Castle Hill in Buda. Many buildings here have medieval foundations; many have Gothic details and beautiful courtyards.
07 Feb 07 Inside the Karmelita Templom, a beautiful example of Baroque style.
07 Feb 07 The Karmelita Templom (1721-1725), Gyor.
09 Feb 07 A street in Eger looking east to the Eger Castle. In 1552, Eger was attacked by the Turks. 2,000 Hungarian men and women repelled and drove away 80,000 Turkish soldiers, using its Castle walls to fight from and it's underground labyrinth of catacomb tunnels to quickly move about and give the Turks the impression there were many more fighting Hungarians.
07 Feb 07 A small ceiling fresco in a side foyer at the entrance to the Karmelita Templom.
09 Feb 07 Stone carving (circa 1625) showing Jesus on the Cross with the two thieves. This portion of the stone carving was mounted into the side of a building on the Eger Castle grounds. Imagine a still-surviving stone carving of this detail almost four hundred years old!
09 Feb 07 Looking southwest from the Eger Castle to the Minorita Templom (left) and Grand Bazilika (right) in Eger.
09 Feb 07 Evening at the central-track area of Keleti Palyaudvar (train station) in Budapest. Normally quite a flurry of activity, we caught this photo after returning from Eger.