Saturday, May 10, 2014

City of kings (Székesfehérvár, Hungary)

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The city lies 65km (40 miles) from the capital, Budapest. The name Székesfehérvár means “white castle with the seat” with the word szék (meaning “seat” as in the “throne”) relating to its important role in the first centuries of the Kingdom of Hungary.

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Székesfehérvár, called Alba Regia in the Middle Ages, is one of the most ancient Hungarian towns. Significant events of Hungary's history have taken place here during the centuries. The king's throne and the symbols of royal power were kept here. It was also the place where kings were crowned and buried. The important medieval administrative and religious city of kings and bishops was an early home of church schools thus making Székesfehérvár a centre for education centuries ago.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Bory Castle (Székesfehérvár, Hungary)

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Bory Castle was the work of Hungarian sculptor and architect Jeno Bory. Bory built the castle between 1923 and 1959 with the help of several of his students. 

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The building features a range of architectural styles--from Scottish to Romanesque to Gothic--all eccentrically combined. You can freely climb the towers and walk among the garden's sculptures, which were all created by Bory. Inside are several galleries featuring Bory's paintings, many of which are of his wife, for whom the castle was built.
 
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Address: 8000 Székesfehérvár, Máriavölgy 54.
Latitude and longitude: N 47° 12' 38", E 18° 27' 5"
Phone number: +3622305570
Email: info@bory-var.hu
Web: Bory vár

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Iron Curtain

Exactly 25 years ago (on 2nd may 1989) Hungarian border guards began dismantling the physical barrier along the Hungarian-Austrian border known as the Iron Curtain.  

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Few months later, the first crack in the Iron Curtain opened when hundreds of East Germans fled across the Austrian-Hungarian border.

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This iron curtain monument is standing in Budapest,  in front of the House of Terror Museum .

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"Shall we lives as slaves or free men?"
(Sándor Petőfi)

"Iron Curtain is isolated the East from the West. It took away or freedom. It held us captivity and fear. It tormented and humiuliated us.
And finally we tore it down."

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Budapest100 in 2014


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Budapest100 is a unique organic program mobilizing the entire city which was initiated by OSA Archivum and KÉK in 2011. Its ultimate goal is to start a tradition and to draw our attention to the buildings surrounding us and the human values that are around us every day.

The program is a civil urban festival which has an outstanding community building effect by bringing people of different social background and generations closer. Volunteering plays a key role in Budapest100. Apart from participating buildings, it is our volunteers who, by creatively helping to implement the colorful programs and devoting their energies to organization, make the festival a successful event.

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History

The Goldberger-house, home of OSA Archivum, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2011. This gave the idea to celebrate all one-hundred-year old the houses on the 100th day of the year.

Since then, every year a new set of anniversary buildings open their doors, inspiring new joiners and offering colorful programs. In 2013 the event broadened with extra programs such as travelling by a nostalgic tram, discount taxi rides, and discovering the hidden treasures of Budapest with the help of a smart phone application.

Source: www.budapest100.hu

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