BPO in Hungary

Budapest is the centre of Hungary geographically speaking and in the historical and administrative senses too.

The city is cut by the Danube. Right bank - hilly and woody area - is named Buda. Left one - flat and urban - Pest. Both of them became one in 1873, by the time of never-to-be-forgotten emperor Franz Jozeph. The magnificent architecture of Budapest takes us to those times.

Buda was inhabited since the eldest time. During Roman Empire dominance inObuda was situated civil and military town - Aquincum. In Buda the best known is the Buda Castle - which history reach 13th century. One of the symbols of the Hungarian nation is Royal Palace, which hosts several institutions such as museums and libraries. The Palace was several times rebuilt, because of wars and disasters. 
Near palace is Fishermen’s Bastion with great view. Matthias Church (Matyas templom) is the place of the coronations and royal weddings.

Buda is not only castles but also wooden hills - with the best-known Gellert Hill(Gellerthegy). The Citadel (Citadella), built on the top of the hill in 1851 as a military fortification offers today the most perfect view of the city. At the hill is also the Tomb of Gul Baba (Gul Baba turbeje), which is a place of Moslem pilgrims called Hill of Roses (Rozsadomb). 
Pest is nowadays the main city centre. Andrassy Avenue - straight as an arrow – is lined with 19thand 20th century mansions designed with artistic thoughtfulness. At this street is located The Hungarian State Opera House built in 1864. It is the heart of Hungarian Music. Just a few steps away is Vaci street, which is called the main shopping area in the country.

The Inner City Parish Church is the first church of the city. Its interior shows examples of all architectural styles from Romanesque to Classicism. The Synagogue in Dohany Street is the largest synagogue in Europe. 
The Hungarian National Museum (Nemzeti Muzeum) is the finest monument of Hungarian Classical architecture. This is the most significant public collection in the country. The Grand Market Hall is outstanding in its architectural features. The most famous building in Budapest is the Parliament. This symbol of the city is the largest and most decorated building in the country.

It is the seat of the parliament and the government offices. Hear are kept the royal insignia and the Holy Crown. The Sent Istvan Basilica is the largest church in the capital, and the second largest in the country. The Chapel of the Holy Rightcontains a relic of the first Hungarian king - St. Stephen.

The enthusiastic citizens to celebrate the country’s millennium in 1896 erected the notable buildings in the capital’s most important park. In the imposing Heroes Square Archangel Gabriel raises the Holy Crown to a height of 36 meters. On the square stands the Museum of Fine Arts containing the most important art collection in the country. In Antique Pictures Gallery is collected the largest Spanish painting collection outside Spain. There are also works of the most world-famous artists such as Bellini, Brueghel, El Greco, Goya, Leonardo da Vinci, Rafaello, Rembrandt, Rubens, Delacroix, Gaugin, Monet, Renoir and others. 
Two main railway stations - Nyugati and Kaleti - were built in 19th century. They were - and still are - the gates to Budapest. 

Lying in the middle of the Budapest and of the Danube, the Margit Island is closed to car traffic and can easily be reachedfrom both banks on foot. At the Island are located famous spas and warm springs. 
Budapest wouldn’t be the same without its bridges such as the most famous Chain Bridge (Szechenyi Hid), Liberty Bridge (Lgymanyosihid) and Elizabeth Bridge(Erzsebedhid). Bridges units banks of the longest European river and two parts of the same city.


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To go further

http://www.online-hungary.com - Exhaustive website about living and working in Hungary

http://www.hongrie.fr - Guide culturel et d'affaires pour la Hongrie