Sep 07

MEDICAL TOURISM ON MARGARET ISLAND, BUDAPEST (MARGIT-SZIGET)

Ever since the thermal waters have been brought to the surface in 1886 on Margaret Island, the place turned into an important therapeutic spa with natural curative waters with a pleasant climate and a magnificent location in the middle of the Danube and the city Budapest; to all these natural wonders the most modern medical equipment has been added. The medicinal waters of the local hot spring are used by the hotel’s hydrotherapeutic equipment at a temperature of 70 ° C and are cooled to 34, 36 and 40 ° C, maintaining all its curative active ingredients.

The essential element of this water is sulfur, which decomposes slowly and only partially. The solution that is obtained through natural processes is basically an undiluted concentrate that fortunately does not have the typical unbearable smell of sulfur. The remaining minerals and gaseous elements are effective both in hydrotherapy and treatments that involve the consumption of mineral water.

Thermal therapy is helpful for muscles, joints and degenerative nerve diseases; therapies recovery after fractures; bone deformities and disorders of the peripheral circulation. For rheumatic problems, thermal waters are effective on the one hand by the use of therapeutic equipment and on the other by separating curative mineral substances containing key components. Through continuous and regular treatments, good results can be obtained in the case of post-inflammatory degenerative diseases of the muscles, joints and intestines. Rheumatic diseases can be treated with combined therapy programs which include baths, massages, mud treatments, electrotherapy and kinetic therapy.

Good results can be obtained in the treatment of chronic inflamed areas. The gas content of water is significant. After analysis it was shown that the content of water gas bubbles produce a film on the body. The gas emission is not so intense in order to to produce “soda water” in the true meaning of the word, but those who come to bathe on Margaret Island feel that water is not a common one. The effect is comparable to that of a gas carbon baths. It is well known that moderate temperature thermal waters on Margaret Island is good for those who have hypertension due to atherosclerosis and those suffering from diseases of the heart muscle or coronary artery.

As practiced regularly thermal baths have a calming effect, they are useful for therapy of functional neuroses. With modern equipment available to Margaret Island, thermal waters here can be used in all sorts of combinations, such as baths, massages, hot showers, carbon or mud baths, baths with essences of pine nuts and baths with weights – a 100% Hungarian invention. Mud used for mud is brought from Heviz thermal lake, near Lake Balaton. In addition to the treatments mentioned on Margaret Island the spa offers other therapeutic methods such as iontophoresis, galvanic current or waves. To improve the therapeutic effect of the thermal waters massages in gymnastics programs are often prescribed.

Radiography unit is worth mentioning for modern equipment available and allows the most complex exams. Clinical laboratory also owns the latest technology. The pharmacy is stocked with medicines from reputable companies in Eastern Europe and the West. The spa is in close contact with the National Institute of Rheumatology and Physiotherapy, and when needed, renowned specialists are consulted in complex cases. Highly qualified staff collaborates with medical experiments to help patients healing spa.

Thermal water therapy is beneficial in the following conditions:

– Rheumatic locomotor organs (except acute inflammation)

– Arthritis – polyarthritis – chronic arthritis

– Spondylosis (stiffness vertebrae)

– Ankylosing spondylitis

– Disorders of the spine

– Muscle and peritendinous disease

– Post-traumatic treatments

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Aug 09

LESSER KNOWN CITIES OF HUNGARY (MAGYARORSZÁG)

When most people hear of Hungary, they immediately think Budapest; but Hungary is not only about Budapest. Of course, the capital is a beautiful city, visited by millions of tourists every year. But other major cities of Hungary have something to offer and therefore are not bypassed, on the contrary.

Debrecen

Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary and has 206,000 inhabitants. It is the regional center of Eastern Hungary. Debrecen is located near Hortobagy National Park, ideal for you if you really like plain lands. This city is located close to Romania. Although it was historically isolated from Budapest, the two cities have become more connected to each other through the building of the new highways, such as M3. Debrecen has a decent public transport network, which does not lack trams and trolleybuses. It is a relatively quiet town, without too much fuss and bustle; the old, elegant architecture is crowned by the building of the Debrecen University and several cultural institutions.

Miskolc

Miskolc is the third largest city in Hungary, located in the north-east of the country, close enough to Slovakia. Here live some 170,000 inhabitants; Miskolc is the regional center of Northern Hungary. This town is near several geographic regions and different lands. In the east you can find the beautiful Bukk Mountains and Sajo, Hejo and Szinva rivers. The point located at the lowest altitude of the city is the river Sajo, from where Tisza Plain begins, as well. Miskolc is an industrial city, overall. It is divided into several distinct areas, like Avas, located on a hill in the city center and is characterized by many old structures, that preserve the charm of between-wars era or newer ones from the communist period, which reminds you of Soviet times. While visiting Miskilc, you must not miss Belváros, the town center, where you will admire beautiful historic buildings next to modern constructions such as malls.

Szeged

Szeged has a population of 169,000 inhabitants and is the regional center of southeastern Hungary. It is located near the border with Serbia and Romania, and is passes by Maros and Tisza rivers. The climate of this area is much sunnier than other parts of Hungary, almost resembling the Mediterranean weather. Szeged is one of the industrial centers of the country and here, the most popular Hungarian food prepared here, such as paprika and sausages. Szeged is also known to be a major academic center and an important touristic spot due to the many music and artistic festivals that take place.

Pécs

Pécs is located on top of Mecsek Mountains, in the south-west of the country, close to Croatia. It has a population of 156,000 inhabitants. Together with the cities of Essen and Istanbul, Pecs was chosen as European Capital of Culture in 2010. Since it is located in an agricultural area, many local products originate in this city. Here you can also find a famous porcelain factory. It was an area where there were many factories, but they disappeared after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain. Another fun fact that you must know is that here you will find a unique beer, which is not filtered before bottling and is prepared only at the Brewery of Pécs; so it is only serve in one restaurant and nowhere else in this world!

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that the University of Pécs is the oldest institution of university education in Hungary and one of the oldest in Europe. The town of Pécs is crossed by several trains every day, that will lead you to Budapest and other important places.

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Aug 01

THE AMAZING VIBE OF BUDAPEST AS YOU’VE NEVER KNOWN IT! (BUDAPEST)

Budapest is the capital of Hungary and the largest city in the country with a population exceeding 1.7 million inhabitants. In addition, Budapest is the main cultural, commercial, industrial, political and transport center, stretching over an area of about 1360 square kilometers. Given the culture and history of the city, Budapest is often regarded as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Eastern Europe. The main attraction is the beautiful Danube River, which winds through the city.

Another thing that Budapest is know for is the nightlife and the artistic environment. Awesome clubs and a great number of festivals make Budapest one of the most sought for capitals in Eastern Europe and not only.

If you plan a trip to Budapest and have never visited the city before, we are offering you some suggestions in order to bind the targets that you are planning to pass through in your itinerary.

Castle District – stylish cafes, museums and historical monuments are common in this part of Budapest. In addition, numerous bridges over the Danube, Matthias Church and the Royal Palace – you can find all of them in this area of the city. Make a visit to Fisherman’s Bastion if you want to see the most spectacular views that Budapest offers its tourists.

Arts Festival – is usually conducted every year in the third week of August and lasts three days, representing a very interesting experience for the whole family, by being presented in the most prestigious achievements of Hungarian culture.

International festival of wine and champagne – as the name suggests, this occasion is tasted the best wines and champagne in the region. It occurs in late summer, mid-September.

The Budapest International Wine Festival is a great opportunity to taste award-winning Hungarian wines, and for this year also the best of Italian wines and gastronomy. This is one of the most favorite festivals in Hungary which you must not miss – some people even go every year. Even if you are not a wine lover you will find something that picks your interest: fine food – there’s a gastro promenade offering quality street food and culinary specialties, concerts, cultural program and even children activities, so it’s for the entire family: overall, here you will encounter a wonderful atmosphere within a historical setting.

Palinka and Sausage Festival – one of the best festivals, which are mandatory to participate with the coming cold days of October. The event takes place at the Royal Palace in Budapest, the Savoy Terrace. It is held each autumn and you will have the chance to get acquainted to the national distillate drink of Hungary – palinka, and dance folkloric dances with the locals.

Chain Bridge (Lánchíd Széchenyi) is one of the most popular attractions of the city of Budapest for tourists and locals alike. The stone- built bridge, with its lion heads, has been standing since the mid 19th century. The summer festival that takes place in this location occurs in July and August and is an event not to be missed.

The Danube Promenade – included in the UNESCO World Heritage, the Danube promenade offers a walk along the river of magic beauty. Locals call it the Duna Korzo and from here you can see the spectacular views of one of the most admired rivers in Europe.

Gellert Hill – one of the most beautiful green locations in Budapest, Gellert Hill is a favorite of both the locals and the tourists. Walk down any path or road to the crest and explore the Citadel, where you will admire the ruins of an ancient fortress. Many parks and flower plantations give even more color to this tourist attraction.

Overall, Budapest is a wonderful city to visit and you will definitely leave with eautiful memories and the desire to come back and discover more!

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Jul 21

THE TOP THREE SAUNAS IN EASTERN EUROPE

Europeans love tasty food, good wine and, at the end of the day, enjoying a great time at the spa. From Iceland to Estonia, spas are an integral part of European life (if we go back in history in Greek and Roman times, we will understand why it’s pretty much a part of collective mentality) and often one of the city’s major tourist attractions. But do not think about some New Age scenery that take place in luxurious spaces where you receive hand massages with chocolate and where you can drink Japanese tea. European spas are hot and are located in buildings dating back centuries ago. The great part is that you leave these places feeling rejuvenated and with the feeling that you took part in something special with great tradition.

These three spas that we classified in a top three in the Eastern European region offer not only treatment for body and soul, but also an essential insight into the cultural space where they are located. After all, what better way to know a place than sitting naked in front of the inhabitants? 😀

Szechenyi Thermal Baths – Budapest, Hungary

Budapest was officially recognized “the City of Spas” since 1920, but the hot springs downtown have been enjoyed including by the ancient Romans, whose bathrooms are still running nowadays. There are many options in the surroundings, but one of the best is the Szechenyi spa complex, situated in a grand building with 10 indoor and three outdoor baths. Here you also have saunas, hot tubs and turbulence tubs in which you can relax.

Kalma Sauna – Tallinn, Estonia

Estonians, just like their Finnish neighbors, have a cult of saunas. They are good for the heart, skin and also a great place for socializing. In any house having a sauna is mandatory, and if not, there are public ones, as it is Kalma Sauna, the oldest sauna in Tallinn, dating from 1926. Spend a few hours at Sauna Kalma, hopping between cold showers and even colder pools and then back in the hot sauna.

Cagaloglu Hamami – Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish baths are found in all major cities, but nothing compares to the experience lived in an authentic communal bathroom in Istanbul. The oldest and grandest spa is Cagaloglu Hamami, where you can bathe under an amazing Ottoman marble dome built by Sultan Mehmet I more than 350 years ago. You are here in a warm room, accompanied only by the person who takes care of you, and the relationships that you will established here will reach a few different levels, passing through the stage of relaxation to the one of domination, if you keep in mind that you will be massaged and rubbed with a thick glove that will remove more layers of dead skin than you ever imagined that you have. This entire operation together with the massage usually takes more than an hour, but you can linger there as long as you want, while you drink tea and enjoy the warmth around you.

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May 25

DEBRECEN, THE SECOND LARGEST CITY OF HUNGARY

The second largest city of Hungary is a sixteenth century-like burg called Debrecen, located at the eastern border of the country, close to Romania. It is a historical town filled with architectural hardware displaying the conservatory classicism of the previous centuries, but it is nevertheless an important cultural center where good vibe and festivals are at home, as well as the thermal baths, spas and open-air shows. Between the perimeter bordered by the historic Aranybika Hotel and the Golden Great Church there is the Old town, where you will find plenty of pubs, bars, restaurant, nightclubs, museums, galleries and theatres, just perfect for your holiday schedule.

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Debrecen is known as “’Capital of the Eastern Plain”, and the atmosphere will keep you busy all the time; and in case you get tired of so much sightseeing and partying, you can go on a getaway to the puszta to explore natural beauties of the rural area, where you can enjoy a cowboy show, purchase local pottery or visit and use the facilities of the largest spa in Hungary.

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The first objective that you will notice is the Great Reformed Church, which is placed between Kossuth and Calvin markets; it is the symbol of Debrecen and is the largest Protestant church in Hungary.

Left to Reformed Churches there is a large pyramid that offers a view of the old walls of a historical monument right behind it. The pedestrian area in front of the church will extend until it reaches Piac Utca, one of the biggest streets of Debrecen.

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Take a short walk in front of the church and find Kossuth Statuary Complex. Set on the right side of the market as you stand with your back to the church, the statuary group seems rather eccentric, giving the impression that it creates an imbalance, being placed perpendicularly to the axis of the church. The square in front of the big church is Kossuth Square, the main pedestrian area of the town.

Here you can also find the biggest (and very beautiful) ceramic fountain in Europe, with a diameter of 20 meters.

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Close to this area there is the Minor Reformed Church – Reformatus Kistemplom – an old church of over 400 years. It distinguishes itself by its single tower, at the first glance reminiscent of a medieval castle tower, which is very well maintained and perfectly white, contrasting with the colours of the surroundings. From the tower visitors can admire a beautiful panoramic view of the city: to the South, we see the Piac Street, the hotel Aranybika and in the foreground, the Kossuth statuary group, erected in the memory of the meeting held in the church in 1849, gathering before which Kossuth read the Declaration of Independence of Hungary.

The city (or at least the central part) is clean, elegant and pleasing. The well-preserved buildings are drawing the visitor’s attention, and also the green of the grass that contrasted sharply with the buildings’ facades.

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At about 200 meters from the intersection with Burgundy Street, Kossuth Street ends in Meliusz tér, a square where you will find Verestemplom – the Red Church – a beautiful Reformed church, dating from the second half of the nineteenth century and built in red brick – hence the name – in a neo-Gothic style.

If you go back to Kossuth Street, this time on the other side, you can stop and admire the outside Csokonai Színház, the City Theatre built in Romantic style in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Debrecen is a small town, but still you will need at least one visit to discover its mysteries and exquisite Hungarian cuisine that its many restaurants have to offer.

Oct 31

The Fisherman’s Bastion

Today we will travel to the Carpathian Basin, all the way to Hungary, where we will unravel the mystery surrounding another highly valuable monument, the Fisherman’s Bastion.

While the construction in itself is imposing and appears to be a grand fortification of Buda that used to protect the city, it should be mentioned from the start  that this was definitely not the purpose of the bastion. Tourists have the opportunity to ascend on the high walls of the construction and admire the panoramic view of Budapest. For this precise reason, several towers have been added in the most recent years in order to give tourists the opportunity to appreciate Budapest in all its glory.  But this should not be the reason for which you want to visit the bastion. Yes, it offers a mesmerizing image of the city, but you should also acknowledge the beauty of the construction itself.

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The Fisherman’s Bastion was constructed at the turn of the 19th century (from 1895 until 1902) and it includes in its structure 7 turrets which symbolize the 7 Hungarian tribes that have put the basis of this country.

Its development was part of a sequence of events which were meant to mark the day when Hungary  celebrated 1000 years since its foundation. So naturally it included elements relevant from that ancient time. For once, there were the 7 turrets mentioned previously, and their inclusion in the architectural design was actually a way to eulogize the communities which have settled in this region and thus instituted the present state. Another important element which emphasizes the historical past of that time is the Statue of St. Stephan, who was the first king of the newly emergent state.

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The Fisherman’s Bastion was constructed as a terrace where each member of the community could come and enjoy the beautiful scenery. If we were to give this an extra thought, maybe the structure chosen was actually a statement of freedom and of a united community. We can easily follow this stream of thought and consider that different tribes with different ways of life have come together and have managed to live in harmony, thus forming a society. And this idea of unity is further enhanced after centuries by the bastion which was constructed as an open space where anyone can come.

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The architect behind this project, Frigyes Schulek, has developed a neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style edifice. World War II took no mercy on the monument, the Bastion being severely damaged in these times of warfare. However, the restoration work did not take too much time to come into effect, – this time around, it was the son of Schulek who supervised the renovation. Time is unforgiving and by 1980s, the bastion was again on the verge of ruin. The smog lifting from the city was detrimental to the walls of the edifice which seemed to age and slowly die under the negative impacts of urbanization. Even the sculptures sprinkled all over the bastion felt the immense weight of time, especially since no one tended to them.

But the situation changed after the municipality took notice of the constant deterioration of the Bastion and restored it to the fullest. Nowadays, it seems that the edifice is quite new due to these renovations which have kept an important piece of history alive.

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There is one aspect which we have failed to tackle so far: the name of the construction. Why does it bear the name Fisherman’s Bastion? Well, there is no trustworthy source which can give an accurate answer to this question. So far, we have come across three theories. The first says that it was named this way in order to bring homage to the fishermen who lived right below the walls of the bastion and who protected the edifice in times of perils. Another theory is that the name comes after the fishermen that lived near the Danube, in Watertown, while the third one suggests that the name was given after the fish market that existed in that time close by.

May 28

Balaton Lake (Lacul Balaton)

Escaping the mundane world and retreating into nature or simply going abroad and visiting new places have always been great ways of relaxation. In a world which moves faster than ever and when time seems to no longer suffice, we have to find ways in which to recharge our batteries and keep up with the constant changes and demanding world around us.

While some aspire to travel the world in search of new adventures and detach themselves completely from their ordinary life, others are more ‘humble’ in their expectations and simply choose a resort far from their home city where they can leave aside their day-to-day troubles.

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The citizens of Hungary and foreigners as well find their peace and quiet while going on a small vacation near Lake Balaton, the largest fresh water lake on the European continent. The conditions are not equivalent of those offered by a 5-stars hotel, but the fact remains that tourists have a great time here as there is an immense aqua park where they can enjoy themselves to the fullest.

Due to the fact that Hungary does not have a coastline, this particular lake is considered as being the country’s sea and many retreat here in order to escape the high temperatures recorded during the summertime.

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Depending on what it is that you are looking for, you can opt between the northern or southern shore. While to the south you will encounter an amalgamation which consists of tall hotels, clubs, tasteless stands at every corner, and sandy beaches crowded with people, to the north, you will be presented with a more sophisticated image. The towns are quite appealing due to their architectural design and the quietness surrounding the area attracts a classier crowd.

There are definitely some points of high interests which will appeal to you. Among this, we will allude to the Tihany peninsula which runs almost through the middle of the lake. It is here where tourists can visit the small town which bears the same name and which is in itself a historical district. Just to give you a small insight into the historical importance of the area, you should know that Charles I, the last Habsburg Emperor of Austria, was imprisoned here after trying to take hold of the Hungarian throne for the second time.

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The region surrounding Lake Balaton abounds in wineries and castles and tourists are presented with a beautiful image in which sandy beaches merge with woodland.

Even so, there are many individuals who upon reaching the lake are not taken aback by the view, mainly because the water of the lake is shallow. But there is one thing which most of the times changes their minds almost instantly: when the sunrays touch the calm surface of the lake, tourists are offered a unique image as a multitude of colors dance on its surface.

Oct 31

The Chain Bridge (Podul cu Lanturi)

The Szechenyi Chain Bridge is one of the main attractions in Budapest. It is a suspension bridge that traverses the Danube River, uniting the western and the eastern sides of Budapest: Buda and Pest.

The western end of the bridge is connected to the Szechenyi Square from where tourists can take the path that leads towards the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (two points of interest situated in the Hungarian capital city). At the eastern end of the bridge one can find the Adam Clark Square. In close vicinity there are other touristic attractions which are worth visiting such as Castle Hill Funicular, or the Buda Castle which is located at a considerable distance from the bridge.

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While you might not be fond of the idea of traversing Buda in order to reach the castle, you should take into account that this is precisely the reason for which you have come to Budapest: to visit the surroundings and indulge yourself with the unique architectural design that Hungary has to offer.

The name of the bridge was given after István Széchenyi, one of the most ardent supporters of the construction. But the official name of the bridge is rarely used, the majority referring to the construction as the Chain Bridge. This was the first bridge ever to traverse the Danube River. When the construction was completed, the bridge was regarded as an engineering marvel and its importance was highly praised as the bridge was seen as bearing economic, social and cultural significance. The Chain Bridge became highly recognized throughout the European continent, its structure having contributed extensively to its fame. The imposing bridge, which is adorned with elements made out of cast iron, has been designed by William Tierney Clark.

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The development of the bridge was possible due to Georgios Sinas, a merchant of Greek origin, who had financed the construction. His donation had transformed the project on paper into a reality and because of this his name has been inscribed at the base of the bridge.

The bridge was inaugurated in mid-19th century (1849) being the sole permanent bridge to stand erect in Budapest. The bridge, at its broadest point, measures 202 meters, an impressive width at that time thus making the Chain Bridge the largest in the world. The buttresses are each adorned by means of sculptures – depictions of lions. The artist who had taken upon himself the task of carving the stone statuettes had taken inspiration from the well-known sculpture which decorates the Trafalgar Square – in which bronze lions are illustrated.

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The Chain Bridge was not constructed per se in Hungary. The structure consisted of segments which were designed in UK and shipped to Budapest where they were assembled. As time went by, the bridge became somewhat frailer so a project was initiated with the purpose of strengthening the structure of the construction. The second world conflagration left a deep mark on the bridge. More precisely, during the Siege of Budapest, massive damages were inflicted on the construction. But the years following WWII were dedicated to the refurbishing of the city and this meant rebuilding the Chain Bridge as well (which was resurrected in 1949).

Under the bridge, at the end of the bridge that leads into Pest, one can find a commemorative plaque on which the following words are inscribed: “To commemorate the only two surviving bridges designed by Willian Tierney Clarke: The Széchenyi Chain Bridge over the Danube at Budapest and the suspension bridge over the Thames at Marlow, England.”

Oct 01

Esztergom Basilica (Basilica Esztergom)

Esztergom Basilica is the tallest construction in Hungary and one of the tallest in the world for that matter. In fact, the edifice positions itself on the 18th place among the tallest constructions in the world. The actual name of the basilica is the Primatial Basilica of the Blassed Virgin Mary Assumed into Heaven and St. Adalbert. With such a lengthy name it is really no surprise that the building is known as the Esztergom Basilica, after the city in which it is found.

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The dimensions of the basilica are definitely impressive: it expands over a surface of 5.600 square meters, with a length of 118 m and a width of 49 m. The dome dominates the central part of the edifice. It comprises 12 windows in its structure and measures 33.5 m in diameter.

One of the main attractions of the basilica is the altarpiece which represents the largest painting in the entire world to have been painted on a single piece of canvas. The master behind this specific work of art was Michelangelo Grigoletti.

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But the entire basilica can be regarded as a work of art due to the beautiful paintings that adorn it. The edifice had been constructed out of red marble by Italian craftsmen and has been decorated by means of canvases which depict Tuscan Renaissance motifs. The value of these representations is enhanced by the fact that so few other examples of Renaissance art of equal importance can be found on Hungarian soil.

Tourists who visit the basilica might be drawn aback by the crypt located within the edifice. This is a colossal tomb built in the 1831 in the Old Egyptian style. The crypt holds the earthly remains of the late archbishops of the basilica.

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The location where the basilica was erected was previously chosen for the construction of several other houses of worship. The initial church was erected in 2nd century by the order of king Stephan I of Hungary and it was actually the first cathedral to have been constructed in Hungary. However, the fate of this edifice was troublesome in the sense that it was prone to several damaging effects in a tumultuous historical timeframe. Initially, the cathedral was burnt down at the turn of the 12th century, only to be rebuilt in the years to come. But the following historical events that occur, such as the Mongol invasion or the bombing of the church due to political reasons, had further devastating impacts on the construction. These “attacks” led to a new series of repairs. With the refurbishing of the edifice came a more elaborated decorative work. But the cathedral was left in ruin once more when the Turks came to power in mid-16th century.

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Only in the 19th century, was the cathedral brought back to life. The chapel which existed previously was disassembled in more than a thousand pieces which were carefully relocated a couple of meters away were they were incorporated into the new basilica that was slowly beginning to take form as the architect Pál Kühnel intended it (the architect hired to design the basilica).

One of the focal points in the basilica is the largest organ which can be found in Hungary. It is true that the organ is not completed, mainly because the administration of the basilica lacks the funds to carry on the work. Within the structure of the organ, one will discover the largest organ pipe in the entire country – it measures 10 meters. The project is quite the undertaking but the results are bound to leave everyone overwhelmed by its grandeur. It is said that when finished, the musical instrument will be the third largest organ to be found on the European continent.

Sep 14

Kiskunsag National Park (Parcul National Kiskunsag)

It is of utmost importance to preserve intact the scare regions which have managed to maintain their naturelness in this time of urbanism and development which seems to engulf every remnant of wildlife that it runs across.

Hungary is home to ten national park, and Kiskunsag is one of them. This specific national park is situated in Bacs-Kiskun County and it has been created back in 1975. The total area it comprises within its borders is of 570 square kilometers. The park is not a unified component, so to speak, but it encompasses 7 distinct parts, each characterized by specific traits but which, brought together, capture the essence of the Hungarian natural environment.

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One of the disconnected units is the Kiskunsag’s Puszta where, on a yearly basis, several events are organized with the purpose of revitalizing the ancient customs and traditions of the countryside.

Another part of the Kiskunsag National Park consists of Lake Kolon which is located in close proximity of the city Izsak. This region is an important ecosystem as it provides shelter to marsh tortois and herons. In terms of plant life, Lake Kolon is renown for the vast space covered with intact reeds and the 9 different species of orchids located in the surrounding area.

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Kiskunsag National Park has been named a monument of nature and has become a part of the natural heritages of the world, under the program designed especially for this purpose by UNESCO. The unique examples of flora and fauna encountered here are the ones to convey such a special value to this specific park. Species of avocets, geese, and black-winded stilts have made the park their home.

Besides the permanent ‘dwellers’ of the park, there are also migratory birds which come by the tens of thousands to the area. With such an impressive population of birds it is no wonder that the park has been declared a biosphere reserve. Besides getting to see these beautiful species in their natural habitat, tourists also have the opportunity to find the perfect places where to experience nature to the fullest and this refers to discovering an idyllical location to set their tent and spend some time into the wild.

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Even if the park has maintained its wilderness, this does not mean that there are no paths or delimitations set so as to help tourists guide themselves while venturing inside the park. These are aimed at creating the best experience for those interested in exploring Kiskunsag National Park. After visiting this park, you are bound to understand why the place bears the name of ‘House of Nature.’