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01 Apr 08 A colorful street in Sopron.
01 Apr 08 A colorful court gate in Sopron.
04 Apr 08 We've taken another train trip and we're in Veszprem and Herend today. Here's Lori outside the Herend porcelain factory. We toured the factory and museum and learned that a piece of porcelain we bought last year in Hungary was made circa 1945. The Herend factory started making fine porcelain in 1826, and is the largest maker of porcelain in the world. The factory employs 250 "throwers" and 700 painters!
04 Apr 08 Peter at the Herend factory.
04 Apr 08 One of Herend's painters at work. The paint is pigmented with minerals in a liquid glass form with a low melting point. Some porcelain pieces with fine detail and 24 carat gold take up to four days to paint, before the paint and gold are fired into the glaze. Herend's painting technology hasn't changed during Herend's manufacturing history.
04 Apr 08 Herend's 15-foot wide 1840s kiln in the original factory.
04 Apr 08 Herend detail porcelain.
04 Apr 08 One of Herend's piercer's cutting decorative detail in a to-be piece of porcelain
04 Apr 08 We're back to Budapest's Deli Pu train station from our trip to Veszprem and Herend.
04 Apr 08 Herend early mid-1800s plate.
06 Apr 08 Taking the escalator down into the Deak Ferenc Ter metro stop.
04 Apr 08 Herend detail porcelain.
08 Apr 08 Here's a courtyard gate off a street on Castle Hill in Buda.
04 Apr 08 Budapest's Deli Pu train station--indeed this station's end of the line.
09 Apr 08 Not a great shot, but it gives you a flavor of the countryside in Hungary. We're whizzing along in a train on our way to Pecs, Hungary.
06 Apr 08 The red line at the Deak Ferenc Ter metro stop--at this stop, three lines converge at different levels underground.
09 Apr 08 Pecs' Trinity Statue and Inner City Parish Church in the background.
08 Apr 08 Statues and relief above the door to St Anne's Church below Castle Hill in Buda. Again, we wished to get into this church--there was ongoing services during our past visits. It wasn't in use this time but the inner door was locked and one could only look into the church through wavy-glass windows in the foyer.
09 Apr 08 Inside Pecs' Inner City Parish Church. This church is the largest relic of Turkish architecture in Hungary. This view looks across the pews and main aisle to the northeast corner of the sanctuary. The altar is on the left side in the photo.
09 Apr 08 This is the Trinity Statue, a statue of a soldier on a horse and the Pecs' Inner City Parish Church at Szechenyi square of Pecs.
09 Apr 08 The dome and paintings (a partial side-shot in this photo) are 91 feet off the floor of the church.
09 Apr 08 Pecs' Inner City Parish Church. This church was originally built before 1250. Roman tombs (circa 100 to 300 AD) have been unearthed under the church and the surrounding area. The Turks invaded and occupied much of Hungary from 1543 to 1686, and shortly after taking the Pecs area, they destroyed Church and built an Islamic mosque using the original church stones. After expelling the Turks, the mosque was later re-decorated 'again' as a Catholic church, leaving most of the mosque intact.
09 Apr 08 A portion of Pecs' Inner City Parish Church's dome painting.
09 Apr 08 Painting above the arch opening above the altar.
09 Apr 08 Looking southeast across Pecs' Szechenyi square from the Inner City Parish Church.
09 Apr 08 We're directly under the dome taking this photo--with the camera about five feet from the floor, it's 86 feet to the center of the dome painting. Indeed this is a long way for detail photos, however, some of the domes we've photographed in cathedrals and basilicas are two and three times this height.
09 Apr 08 The wall of the burial chamber showing the depictions of Adam & Eve and of Daniel and the Lions.
09 Apr 08 We're in an early Christian burial chamber (mausoleum) in north Pecs. This chamber, measuring only about 8 by 15 feet, and built underneath an above-ground burial chapel, dates about 375 AD. On the left wall, we see Adam & Eve and Daniel and the Lions depicted. On the right is a tomb.
09 Apr 08 A Pecs street.
09 Apr 08 A tomb in the burial chamber, taking up much of the little space in the small chamber. By the late 300s many of the Pannonia area people were Christians.
09 Apr 08 We're back to our "home station metro" (Deli Palyaudvar stop) in Budapest.