Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest - Chain Bridge

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, the tenth-largest city in the European Union, and is both a city and county.
Budapest is bisected by the River Danube.
Its the 19th-century
Széchenyi Chain Bridge that connects the hilly Buda district (old city) with flat Pest (modern city).

Hungarian Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament Building is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination in Budapest.
It is situated in Kossuth Square, in the Pest side of the city and on the banks of the Danube.
It is currently the largest building in Hungary. It was designed by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl in neo-Gothic style and opened in 1902.

Mathias Church, Fishermen's Bastion

Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views.

Budapest - St Matthias Church 5
Budapest - St Matthias Church
Budapest - St Matthias Church 2
Budapest - Fishermen Bastion
Budapest - Fishermen Bastion 2

A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward.

Budapest - Castle at night
Budapest - Castle at night 2
Budapest - Castle at night 3

The central area of the city along the Danube River is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has several notable monuments, including the Hungarian Parliament, Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Gresham Palace, Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Matthias Church and the Liberty Statue.

Other famous landmarks include Andrássy Avenue, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes’ Square, the Great Market Hall, the Nyugati Railway Station built by the Eiffel Company of Paris in 1877 and the second-oldest metro line in the world, the Millennium Underground Railway.

The city also has thermal springs, the largest thermal water cave system, the second largest synagogue, and the third largest Parliament building in the world.

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira - Port

Essaouira is an exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North African context.

Essaouira - Medina
Essaouira - Door

Since its foundation, it has been a major international trading seaport, linking Morocco with Europe and the rest of the world.

Essaouira - Walls

Port and tourist city, its medina (old town) is protected by ramparts of the eighteenth century, called Skala Kasbah and imagined by European engineers. Dotted with ancient copper guns, the fortifications offer views of the ocean.

Essaouira - Olives
Essaouira - Spices
Essaouira - Shop
Essaouira - Lights
Essaouira - Local pharmacist
Essaouira - Shop 3
Essaouira - Villa Bagdad
Essaouira - Window

The city is 173 km north of Agadir, 174 km west of Marrakech, and 406 km south of Casablanca.
Its medina has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.