Summer sky reflected in the windows of Buda Palace in Budapest, Hungar
Summer sky reflected in the windows of Buda Palace in Budapest, Hungar

These are just a few of the many baroque windows of Buda Palace.  There are  some gothic ones as well.  The palace was originated in the 13th century but was repeatedly built and torn down and the current version is a modernist reconstruction of the medieval and baroque periods.  As you may expect, this causes some architectural confusion but it does not detract from the overall sumptuous effect.  The views are amazing and the layers of history are fascinating.

Looking through the castle chapel, one of the few remaining remaining Gothic portions of the palace.
Looking through the castle chapel, one of the few remaining remaining Gothic portions of the palace.

While the whole castle district is apparently somewhat rebuilt, it remains full of atmosphere and beautiful to visit.   There are some shops, an art/souvenir market, Matthias Cathedral, the Fisherman’s Bastion a romantically designed fortress and a handful of restaurants.  And the view.  Sweeping across the city on both sides of the Danube River, studded with spires and filled with the variety of roof forms produced over the last several hundred years.

People enthralled by the city views from the plaza in front of Buda Palace.
People enthralled by the city views from the plaza in front of Buda Palace.

Budapest is busy with tourists and the castle area is very popular.  Everyone brought their cameras and took pictures of the views, each other and themselves.  I took many pictures also… it’s almost impossible not to.  It seems anywhere you look is a potential photo.

Tourists photographing the view, each other and themselves at the Buda Palace walls.
Tourists photographing the view, each other and themselves at the Buda Palace walls.

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