St. Stephen’s Basilica

The Budapest Cathedral

The Roman Catholic St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary, a neo-classical with two large bell towers, completed in 1905 in honor of King Stephen (c 975-1038).  It is considered to be the third largest building in all of Hungary.

Gyor

Gyor

Halfway between Vienna and Budapest is a picturesque town called Gyor.  Most travelers, unfortunately, do not realize how beautiful these towns are. I suppose many of them simply gravitate to big cities like Budapest, but I tell you, they are losing out.  I prepared a short clip as I walked around the old town.

 

 

The Freedom Bridge

Freedom Bridge in Budapest

I braved the cold weather in Budapest to take this shot of the Freedom Bridge from up the hill.  This bridge apparently was named after Emperor Franz Joseph I, but the Hungarians didn’t admire the Emperor as much as his wife, Elizabeth of Austria, so they prefer to call this bridge “Freedom Bridge” instead.  It was destroyed in World War II and reconstructed according to the original plans in 1946.

Church of St. George

Church of St. George

Emperor Constantine built this ancient church.  He loved Sofia so much, he wanted to make it the capital of the Byzantine Empire.  The church is surrounded today by all these buildings because during the Communist era there was an attempt to hid religious sites from public view, so I am told.

Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

I have always wanted to visit Sofia and the opportunity came this year.  I was visiting Vienna and decided at the last minute to spend a few days there.  What an eye-opener it was!  The city has much to offer.  Lots of historical places to admire.  Easy to travel around.  The people are friendly.  And, above all, quite reasonably cheap.  The photo above is considered to be the biggest Orthodox Church in all of Bulgaria.  It is called the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.