Budapest: Inner City Parish Church and Tower Entry Ticket
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Immerse yourself in 2,000 years’ worth of history at the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, located on the Pest side of the Elisabeth Bridge. Enjoy the stunning views of the bridge from the church. Ascend the tower in a glass elevator and enjoy a 360-degree panorama from the top. Admire the church’s combination of architectural styles including Roman, Gothic, and Baroque. Learn about the legends surrounding the Contra Acquincum Fortress, which is said to lie beneath the church and was once a strategic point of the Roman Empire. Hear about the lives of iconic Hungarian historical figures such as St Gellért, who was thrown down in a barrel in the 11th century and was buried at the church. You will also learn about when the church was used as a mosque Turkish occupation of Hungary, and the building's numerous renovations and reconstructions since then.
Start the tour in front of Saint Stephen's Basilica where you will meet your local guide. Take a guided tour inside the church to see its rich interior covered with gold and decorated with many frescos and sculptures made by the best local artists of the late 19th century. The church is one of Budapest’s highlights, known for its monumental dome and beautiful Neo-Renaissance architecture. See the mysterious relic, the Holy Right, which is the mummified right hand of the first Hungarian king, Saint Stephen, who ruled the country in the 11th century. Saint Stephen is credited with converting much of Hungary to Christianity. From here, walk to Pest Inner City across Elisabeth Square and Deak Square. See the facade of the main Lutheran Church built in the 19th century. Note the impressive statue of the priest of the church who saved the lives of about 2000 Jewish children during World War ...
Discover one of the most significant periods in Hungarian history by learning about the Revolution of 1956. With your guide, explore sites of historical significance and learn about the communist era of Hungary. Historians still argue what to call the events that were triggered by a peaceful solidarity rally of Hungarian students with the Polish people on October 23rd, 1956. It has been described as a rebellion, revolt, uprising, popular uprising, revolution, counter-revolution, or War of Independence. Visit the site of Bloody Thursday in Kossuth Lajos Square, Budapest. Little is known about the exact numbers of revolutionaries who were killed, but it ranges between 22 and 1000 or so people. See the former party headquarters of the Hungarian communist government. Make a stop at the statue of Imre Nagy the Prime Minister of Hungary, and leader of the Revolution, who was executed for trea...
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