To enjoy art you don’t have to visit a museum. In fact, art can be seen while wandering the streets of any city you visit. You see it in the statues, monuments, fountains and buildings lining the streets and squares.
A city that has a lot of art along its streets is Budapest Hungary where the streets are full of beautiful buildings and hundreds of sculptures. But you better be prepared to look up to take in all the amazing art work.
This icon of Budapest sits beautifully along the Danube River. Best seen either from the river or from across the river, this Neo-gothic design was completed in 1902 and is one of the largest Parliament buildings in the world. Look closely and you’ll see many statues of Hungarian rulers, arcades, gargoyles and spires along with other Gothic decorations.
St Stephen’s Basilica
Named in honor of Stephen the first King of Hungary, the Neo-classic basilica was completed in 1905 and, along with the Parliament Building, is one of the tallest buildings in the city. Walk around the facade enjoying the many columns, 2 bell towers, the bust of King Stephen over the main portal, the beautiful tympanon over the main portal and statues of the 12 apostles.
Museum of Ethnography
Originally built to house the Supreme Court, the Museum of Ethnography is housed in a 19th century palace. The architectural masterpiece is stunning from the outside but I’ve heard the inside is even more impressive. Look at all the statues adorning the top of this building!
Liszt and Erkel adorn the lower portion of the beautiful Opera House but take a look up and you’ll see statues of some of the world’s greatest composers lining the top. Included are Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi.
Hungarian National Bank
Besides the beautiful entrance, people come to see the bas-reliefs adorning the outside of the Hungarian National Bank. These reliefs depict trade across the ages from camel traders to tea traders. Sitting along Freedom Square, the building is a wonderful example of the late classical style.
As you can see, Budapest is full of many examples of art around town and now you’re forewarned you might develop a sore neck taking it all in!
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Maybe I’ll see you there.