Budapest – Tour on the Bus

Monday, May 9, 2011 – Tour on the Bus

We returned to the motorcoach after a few minutes at Heroes Square and then continued our drive around some of the key sites in Budapest.  I didn’t have a polorizing filter with me, so most of the “bus shots” had window reflection and were discarded.  Here are a few pictures of the sites.  Some of these we will see again in later posts.

Some of the sights were The Great Synagogue http://www.360cities.net/image/great-synagogue-budapest-hungary#42.96,16.62,77.5, the Szechenyi Thermal Baths http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sz%C3%A9chenyi_thermal_bath, the WWII Jewish Memorial (shoes) and St Stephen’s Basilica http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Stephen’s_Basilica and the Chain Bridge.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chain_Bridge_(Budapest)

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Shoes on the Danube Embankment

This world-famous composition, which comprises 60 pairs of metal shoes set in concrete on the Danube embankment, was set up in the year 2005. It commemorates the Hungarian Jewish victims of the killings committed by the Arrow Cross militiamen, the pro-German, anti-Semitic, national socialist party members ofHungaryin 1944-1945.
 The killings usually took place en masse – the victims were lined up at the embankment, and shot into theDanube, execution-style. At three separate places of the memorial, cast iron signs read in Hungarian, English and Hebrew: “To the memory of victims shot into theDanubeby Arrow Cross militiamen in 1944-45”. This is a very simple but very moving memorial.