Magical Budapest

Magical Budapest

Budapest has been on my sights for a long time. Despite modern development, Budapest retains magic and old charm around every corner. Buda and Pest were separate towns on opposite banks of the Danube River until 1873, when they were merged. They developed independently and the result is two unique regions; both exquisite.

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Danube River – Budapest, Hungary

I stayed on the Buda side of the Danube River, on a recommendation by a friend from Budapest. The area was calm, peaceful and filled with the beauty of green and trees all around me. I traveled daily to catch either the tram, trolley and metro depending on where I wanted to explore. A ten minute stroll and I was in the Castle District and there, I spent the day walking the streets, feeling as if I have traveled back in time to a quiet, peaceful world where I see Baroque residential homes next to ancient Roman stones.

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Trams on Buda side

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Cat on Buda side

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Man on street with cigarette

Here is Mathais Church, which is over 700 years old. The colorful character of the church is the manifestation of the cultural interchange on the borderline between East and West. It’s a unique interior created at the end of the 19th century by Bertalan Székely – the leading painter of the age and Frigyes Schuliek – architect.

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Mathias Church in Budapest, Hungary

The Jewish Quarter, where I went back twice to spend time at the Great Synagogue, the largest Jewish house of worship in Europe. It was built in 1859 and has both Moorish and romantic elements.

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The Great Synagogue Budapest, Hungary

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The Great Synagogue
Budapest, Hungary


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The Great Synagogue
Budapest, Hungary

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Star of David @ The Great Synagogue

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Star of David – The Great Synagogue

I spent time at the Holocaust Memorial’s metal “tree of life”, designed by Imre Varga in 1991. If you look closely, you can see family names of some of the hundreds of thousands of victims.

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The Tree of Life
Budapest, Hungary

Made my way into a building inside the Great Synagogue and asked to see this antique book:

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Register of Jewish Survivors in Budapest

Wandering the streets on the Pest side.

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Budapest

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@hannah kozak- Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest street

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Budapest Street Art 2

In Belváros, the inner city of the historical old town of Pest is Rumbach Street Synagogue, located in the eastern section of Budapest.

The synagogue in Rumbach Street was built in 1872 to the design of the Viennese architect Otto Wagner. It served the Status Quo Ante community. It was built not as an exact replica of, but as an homage to the style of the octagonal, domed Dome of the Rock Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.

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Rumbach Street Synagogue -Budapest, Hungary

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Rumbach Street Synagogue 2 – Budapest, Hungary

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Hannah Kozak-Self Portrait Rumbach Synagogue

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Rumbach Street Synagogue – Budapest, Hungary

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Two men at Rumbach Street Synagogue – Budapest, Hungary

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Door on Pest Side
Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest, Hungary

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Man on street – Budapest, Hungary

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Boy on Street – Budapest, Hungary

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Man in Coffee Shop – Budapest, Hungary

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Metro Station – Budapest, Hungary

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Wandering through Budapest

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Girls in Deli at hotel where MJ stayed – Budapest, Hungary

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Jewish Quarter – Pest Side,
Budapest, Hungary
I love the detailed tiles on this building

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Always on the look out for wandering cubs and I lucked out when I found this dog who loved to play catch. I’ve never seen a dog leap so high!

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Leaping dog in Budapest

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Leaping Dog in Budapest 2

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Leaping Dog 3 in Budapest, Hungary

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Little Leaping Dog in Budapest

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Women On Street – Budapest, Hungary

Magical Budapest

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About hannahkozak

I am passionate about photography & have been making photos since I was a little girl. I have been a stunt woman for twenty five years. I have a passion for exploration, discovery, and escape. I dream of every place I seek to travel to. A recovering adrenaline junkie, I seek authenticity in everyday experiences. I love Kundalini Yoga,travel, books,writing and authentic, real experiences and people. I brake for squirrels. Que le vaya bien! View all posts by hannahkozak

2 responses to “Magical Budapest

  • Rina Shapira

    Hi Hannah,

    So nice to see my birth city in pictures that aren’t mine. I am so happy you went and enjoyed it. When were you there? for how long? Wish you had told be before hand – I could have set you up with my nieces.

    Best,

    Rina

  • hannahkozak

    Hi Rina, I absolutely loved Budapest. We chatted briefly back in October about Budapest. Let’s catch up next week. Hugs, h

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