Buda old town

After admiring the fantasy Fisherman’s Bastion and taking gazillions of photos of the tiled roof of the nearby church, we headed further into the old town.

From the adorably cute “eye” windows that feature heavily in the local architecture, to reminders of war time damage, the town is full of interesting features.

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Here’s one of the sneaky looking window eyes –  super shifty looking!

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As you wander through the streets you will come across the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. The Church, dating from the middle of the 13th century, originally served as the parish church for the Hungarian citizens of the town as only the German residents were allowed to use the stunning Matthias Church.

The church was all but destroyed during World War Two and the proceeding Communist regime and only the bell tower remains standing today.

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Close to the church is this amusing flying Nun sculpture, high up on the corner of a building.Dressed in the uniform of the Clarissa nuns, she breaks through the walls of the building which was the home of the nuns for many years. The statue was created by Miklós Melocco in 1977.

As we head back down the hill towards the river we encounter another of the gorgeous gilded bulb style churches that litter the city.

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This one is the Church of St Anne and features twin, green onion shaped bell towers. It’s one of the finest baroque buildings in the city.

Work began on the church  in 1740 and was finished in 1761 by Mátyás Nepauer. On the top of the main gate symbolic figures of faith, hope and love greet the visitors, above them the coat of arms of city of Buda and in the upper niche statues of St. Anne and Mary guard the entrance.

The church has suffered through wars, floods and earthquakes and was finally restored in 1970-84.

Next up – the famous Chain Bridge, a glut of statues and a chillaxing day at the spa!

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