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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Szent István Bazilika

St. Stephen's Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest. Equal to the Hungarian Parliament building at 96 meters high, it is one of the tallest buildings in Budapest. It has a width of 55 metres, and length of 87.4 metres. The building was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, according to the plans of Miklós Ybl, and was completed by József Kauser. Much of this delay can be attributed to the collapse of the dome in 1868 which required complete demolition of the completed works and rebuilding from the ground up!!!


It is named in honour of Stephen, the first Christian King of Hungary (975–1038), whose mummified body is buried in the undercroft. His intactly preserved right hand, the Holy Dexter, is kept as a relic in the Basilica's chapel. 


The Saint Stephen Basilica has played an active role in the musical community since its consecration in 1905. The head organists of the church have always been very highly regarded musicians. In the past century the Basilica has been home to choral music, classical music as well as contemporary musical performances (see program here). 



This is definitely one of must-go-places in Budapest!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year!


As you can easily tell, the condition for taking fireworks photos was so bad. The weather has been foggy lately and smokes were all over... I had to wear jacket food not only for protecting myself from cold but rather from ashes and debris coming from every possible angles you can imagine. 





Since last year, fireworks were not well-organized. Instead, it has been fired by individuals (= drunk guys). Take a look at the photo below. 






This is how it looked like in 2013. They've been shot behind the building and the sky was sooo clear then!!!


Fireworks in 2013
Wishing you all the best, happiness, love, prosperity and well-beings!!!