It was day 2 of our visit to Budapest and time to explore the Buda half of the city on the west bank of the Danube.
We crossed the river via the Chain Bridge which was built between 1842 and 1847. It was the first solid bridge over the Danube connecting Buda and Pest. We then had a choice. The easiest was to get up to the Castle Area is to use the funicular railway, but there was a long queue. We were feeling energetic so decided to climb up the steps.
We came to Trinity Square and the Holy Trinity Statue. The column commemorates the people of Buda who died from two outbreaks of the Black Plague.
The Black Plague swept across Europe in 1691 and 1709. People believed that erecting a column would keep the plague away and the foundation stone was laid in 1700. In 1709 the plague returned and a newer and larger column was built. The sculptor Fulop Ungleich made the column that you see today.
The carving on top of the column represents the Holy Trinity. Below this the column is decorated with smaller statues depicting angels, cherub like figures and saints. The central sculpture shows a biblical scene with King David praying to God.
Nearby is Matthias Church.
Matthias Church was originally called the Church of Our Lady but its popular name comes from King Matyas (Matthias) who extended and decorated the building during his reign (1458 – 70) The present day appearance date from the renovations in 1873 –96.
The colourful tiles were most impressive.
Close by was the Fishermen’s Bastion.
The Fishermen’s Bastion lies on top of the old fortress walls. It was constructed between 1895 – 1902 and is named after the fishermen’s guild. According to customs in the middle ages the fishermen’s guild were in charge of defending this part of the castle wall.
The seven towers symbolise the seven chieftains who conquered the land for the Hungarians.
The towers provide an ideal vantage point for panoramic views over to the Pest side of the city.
We had packed a lot into a short space of time but now we had a chance to relax and wander along the banks of the Danube. Maybe enjoy an ice cream.