Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Architecture in Budapest

The architecture in Budapest was like nothing else that I've ever seen. It shares similarities with both Vienna and Prague but has its own flamboyant, Eastern-influenced flavor thrown in. Hungary was overrun by the Mongolian Tatars in 1241. In 1526 the Ottoman Empire began a long occupation of Hungary, and their occupation did not fully end until 1718.

The very modern city center - almost as if they got sick of the old style, huh?

Old building in Elizabeth Town neighborhood (former Jewish quarter). Hungary is still rebuilding after the end of communism in 1989 (first democratic elections held in 1990) and has been greatly affected by the current economic crisis; the prime minister resigned in March and the IMF has given the country $25 billion. Some buildings are in need of a good cleaning, others of full out reconstruction. Don't think that will be happening any time soon.

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