Showing posts with label Fertőrákos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fertőrákos. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Firewood

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The photo was taken in Fertőrákos.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pan-European Picnic Commemoration Park

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This is a park to commemorate the demolition of the iron curtain.

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The Pan-European Picnic was arranged at the Hungarian-Austrian border on 19th of August 1989, as an East-German group appeared here and thanks to the humanity of the border guards who let them through. This historic event was the first step towards German Reunification.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Fertőrákos (Hungary)

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Fertőrákos is a more than 800 year old village which has been a part of the Fertő-Hanság National Park since 2001. It is on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Fertőrákos attracts visitors each year with its unique history, culture and recreational offerings.

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Village with 2,240 inhabitants 7 km from Sopron at Lake Fertő.

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The limestone-quarry offers a quite special sight, like the churches cut in rock in Egypt.

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Mining operations in the Lajta limestone begun some 2000 years ago, the acoustics of the halls is excellent, cave-theatre preformances are held every summer.

On the eastern hill of the stone quarry the metal sculpture by Gabriele von Habsburg stands like an exclamation mark.

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It is a column made of metal and barbed wire with the date of the Pan-European Picnic and the names of participants. On the ribbon under the board you can read a Latin text:” In neccessariis unitas - in dubiis libertas - in omnibus caritas.” (In need unity - in scepticism freedom - love everywhere.) The memorial symbolizes the iron curtain and recalls forever the memories of the border breakthrough in 1989.

Town wall remains form the 16th century and a pillory (the only one in the country standing on its original place) can be seen.

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It stands in the centre of the village. It is the only monument of its kind in Hungary and symbolizes independent judgment. It may have been erected in the 17th century. A new prison under the market place and a tower called the pillory above it were built. The prison was guarded by the leaders of the village. They sentenced the people to imprisonment or to the pillory. Before the pillory was built, convicted persons were fastened to a tree in the market place. On the top of pillory you can see the coat of arms of Fertőrákos.

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The fine Baroque Bishop's Palace was built, on medieval foundations, in the 17-18th centuries, now it is a museum.

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The tower of the Baroque Roman Catholic church, a listed monument in the village, goes back to medieval origin.

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The Chrystal Museum Fertőrákos is an unique museum in the world.

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Here you can find an exhibition of a protected amateur collection, 2000 calcite crystals and minerals in different colours and shapes and 500 fossil remains. You can become familiar with the hidden beauty of Hungary. The Museum is excellent for enriching knowledge of the country, geography, petrography and mineralogy.

If you travel to Győr-Msoson-Sopron country you have to visit this wonderful place, too!

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(The park of 1989)

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(Statue of Fridrich von Kreuzpec)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Stone Quarry (Fertőrákos, Hungary)

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Quarry Fertőrákos is excavated limestone quarry in northwest Hungary. Quarry Fertőrákos currently serves as an important cultural center, located in the village of the same name Fertőrákos, about 10 km from Sopron in Hungary near the border with Austria.

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Millions of years ago here was the sea. Billions of snails, seashells and small lime-bodied animals formed the Lajta-limestone. The limestone is no longer quarried.

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Now here in the cave theatre opera performances and concerts are hold in summer. The “Lajta-limestone” is easily formed and resists changeable weather conditions. A great many houses have been built using this type of limestone. Irregularly formed large halls resembling Egyptian temples and big pillars supporting the limestone ceiling captivate visitors.

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