Sunday, August 11, 2019

Cave Church

Budapest's Gellérthegyi Barlan (or the Gellért hill cave) is a cave turned into hermit's hideout, turned into peasant home, turned into a church, and then closed and sealed behind a concrete wall by the communists. Oh, and the communists also executed the head monk.

But fortunately, the concrete wall was taken down and the church reopened on August 27, 1989.

Today the church can be visited by paying a small fee for the ticket. The main church rooms themselves are inside the hill in the cave, but there is also an attached monastery, Pálos kolostor, built in front of the cliff.

The church is on Gellért hill, and there's a great path leads from the church up to the top where you can find the Citadella fortress. The walk up is much recommended, with great views over the river and Budapest. But the fortress itself is sadly closed at the moment due to the structure being unstable.

More pictures:

A window at the cave church:

The entrance:

View from the top:

The additional churches on the side of the hill:

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Diósgyőri vár

What a mixture of styles! The Diósgyőri vár or Castle of Diósgyőri sits in the town of Miskolc. A medieval castle, next to a traditional church, next to regular houses, next to a massive wall of Soviet-rule era apartment blocks.

Also, the restored castle is very nice and well worth visiting.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Dungeons of Castle Eger

Janne and I visited Castle Eger in Hungary (Egri Vár in Hungarian). I loved the sign, "no ballet dancing on the top of the walls"?

But the castle was also great. The castle has seen many changes during its thousand year old history. There used by be a large gothic palace or church, but today only ruins remain; the military defence designed evolved over the years as cannons developed. The castle is best known for defeating the Turkish invasion in 1552.

There are interesting dungeons, tunnels, and prisons to explore at the site.


The cathedral ruins:


A view from the well:

A view from the top of the walls (no, I was not ballet dancing):

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