Merry Christmas to Everybody. With Best Wishes for a wonderful holiday season.
Budapest's recorded history begins with the Roman town of Aquincum, founded around 89 AD on the site of an earlier Celtic settlement near what was to become Óbuda, and from 106 until the end of the 4th century the capital of the province of lower Pannonia.
The area was occupied around the year 900 by the Magyars of Central Asia, the cultural and linguistic ancestors of today's ethnic Hungarians, who a century later officially founded the Kingdom of Hungary. Already a place of some significance, Pest recovered rapidly from its destruction by Mongol invaders in 1241, but it was Buda, the seat of a royal castle since 1247, which in 1361 became the capital of Hungary.
The Ottoman Empire's conquest of most of Hungary in the 16th century interrupted the cities' growth: Buda and Pest fell to the invaders in 1541. While Buda remained the seat of a Turkish pasha, and administrative center of a whole vilayet, Pest was largely derelict by the time of their recapture in 1686 by Austria's Habsburg rulers, who since 1526 had been Kings of Hungary despite their loss of most of the country.
It was Pest, a bustling commercial town, which enjoyed the faster growth rate in the 18th and 19th century and contributed the overwhelming majority of the cities' combined growth in the 19th. By 1800 its population was larger than that of Buda and Óbuda combined. The population of Pest grew twentyfold in the following century to 600,000, while that of Buda and Óbuda quintupled. The fusion of the three cities under a single administration, first enacted by the Hungarian revolutionary government in 1849 but revoked on the subsequent restoration of Habsburg authority, was finally effected by the autonomous Hungarian royal government established under the Austro-Hungarian Ausgleich ("Compromise") of 1867; see Austria-Hungary.
Towards the end of World War II in 1944 Budapest was partly destroyed by British and American air raids. The following siege lasted from December 24 1944 to February 13 1945, and major damages were caused by the attacking Soviet and defending German and Hungarian troops. All bridges were disrupted by the Germans. More than 38,000 civilians lost their lives during the fighting.
Erzsébet híd (Elisabeth Bridge) is the second newest bridge and one of the most elegant ones of Budapest, Hungary, connecting Buda and Pest across the River Danube. It is situated at the narrowest part of the Danube, the bridge spanning only 290 m. It is named after Queen Elisabeth, a popular queen and empress of Austria-Hungary, who was tragically assassinated. Today, her large bronze statue sits by the bridge's Buda side connection in the middle of a small garden. The original Erzsébet híd was blown up at the end of World War II by retreating Wehrmacht sappers. The currently standing slender white cable bridge was built in the very same location between 1961–1964, because the government could not afford to construct entirely new foundations for the bridge.
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Lix (0) 2006-12-23 13:19
beautiful view!! Great lights and reflections
sabyasachi1212 (19771) 2006-12-23 13:44
Good to see you back. Thought you had taken a vacation. Excellent night shot with perfect reflections. Good panoramic crop.
anesugur (18789) 2006-12-23 13:46
Excellent composition and pov.
The reflections on the water are superb.
Very clear and good quality shot.
Best wishes. Uğur
serp2000 (39998) 2006-12-23 13:51
Privet, George. Nice work again!
My congratulations to Merry Christmas!
Malyshev (2522) 2006-12-23 13:59
Wonderful shot! Great colours and fantastic atmosphere here!
dmarizz (2796) 2006-12-23 14:01
impressive night reflection shot. The most interesting features are the warm tonality of blue and the relatively fast shutter speed, so the water comes out not completely "milky". Congratulations, Dario
Bluejeans (64249) 2006-12-23 14:18
Ola George , foto fantastica , as cores e as luzes estão otimas , muito bonita a ponte sobre o rio.
"Bom Natal e Ano Novo"
Um Abraço Gonçalo
dokadak (11518) 2006-12-23 14:48
I like night light.... great color and composition...
Buin (42326) 2006-12-23 15:28
This is a beautiful, somehow solemn photo. This picture with all it's light is fitting very well to Christmas, because it's the day when the light came to the world. Congratulations to this great photo - and the note too!
I wish you a Merry Christmas!
pablominto (53744) 2006-12-23 15:57
What a nice place to spend Christmas!
A very fine and moody capture to convey the Christmas spirit, awesome tones of blue...
Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend!
marjan (6279) 2006-12-23 16:04
hi George, I think Budapest is one of the most beautiful town in Europe. I red lot of it , people told me about it andyou show me a photo of it. With my family we decide to wisiti in ones in close future. your photo is very good , maybee litle noise in the sky. excleent and usefuls notice
lilimih33 (9918) 2006-12-23 16:16
Hello George! I know Budapest is a wonderful city. Your composition is very nice with good colours and reflexion! Well done!
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-12-23 16:41
this is a nice and elegant composition. The geometry of the light is great.
I also like the colors.
Thanks and i also wish you merry Christmas.
izmirli (3987) 2006-12-23 17:11
merhaba dear george
very good panorama picture.wonderful night and Budapest.wonderful lights and reflection.
well done my friend.
kermit350 (9016) 2006-12-23 17:12
Hello George, the vibrating life of this large city burst through this quay and of this bridge which shines of thousand fires, all these colors claquent and to final that throws some, a beautiful photograph of night with these luminous rays of intensity and colors different which hangs the glance, j'aime all these points from various colors which put life in the photograph and s'éparpillent, the texture of the sky is well redue and takes part in environment, Bonne management of l'exposition, Merry Christmas with you ................Hello George, la vie trépidante de cette grande ville éclatent au travers de ce quai et de ce pont qui brille de mille feux, toutes ces couleurs claquent et au final ça en jette,
une belle photo de nuit avec ces rais lumineux d’intensité et de couleurs différentes qui accroche le regard, j'aime tous ces points de diverses couleurs qui mettent de la vie dans la photo et s'éparpillent, la texture du ciel est bien redue et participe à l’ambiance, Bonne gestion de l'exposition, joyeux Noël à toi
Angelillo (9374) 2006-12-23 18:00
Thanks for the note, very documentary and interesting. The shot is very beautiful, great lights management, creating an effect like flames in the water, with a rich color at middle of the blue! Beautiful shot. Best wishes, and Merry Christmas.
guillaumejm (0) 2006-12-23 18:02
Very nice picture. I love sky colour and it's reflects in the river. The city lights give also very nice effect, specially on water.
Deepforest (9260) 2006-12-23 18:32
wonderful picture! I like dominatig deep-blue tone and fantastic reflctions of the lights... Very well composed. You can show us unique charm of your city...
Best regards and Merry Christmas my friend!
jjcordier (76350) 2006-12-24 2:28
Beautiful night shot of Budapest with great reflections and good light and colours;
carper (96) 2006-12-24 3:28
merry Christmas to you and your family George,
very nice lights over the river, good pov and good details, very nice photojob.
clnaef (6289) 2006-12-24 3:30
Bonne journée et Joyeuses Fêtes
clnaefVéritable féérie de fin d'année.
nicole80 (2163) 2006-12-24 3:40
Excellent night shot at the blue hour,
I like the reflections !
I wish you a merry christmas to you and your family !
snunney (83769) 2006-12-24 4:20
A beautiful panoramic night shot take at just the right time of the evening when there's still a touch of blue in the sky. Marvellous clarity and tones and great reflections. Very well done.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
balatrek (7455) 2006-12-24 5:06
Interesting nocturnal work, the blue colour of the scene and the lights oranges of the city form a very captivating atmosphere, good panoramic of this place with a great definition, TFS.
Regards and Merry Christmas
paura (47166) 2006-12-24 5:27
Amazing noturne shot. An excellent composition on it. The lighting and reflections are superb.
veve (4189) 2006-12-24 6:27
Splendide night shot!
Excellent POV and beautiful
reflections on the water!
efigesta (12188) 2006-12-24 7:05
lovely night shot with a great colors
merry xmas to you and your family
ben4321 (9875) 2006-12-24 8:03
This is excellent work, George.
The composition is well balanced, the panoramic crop works well, and I really like the fact that we only have two colours here; purple and gold.
The reflected lights make a great inverted crescent shape, and counterbalance the bright lights of the city perfectly.
Have a great Christmas.
vincz (19113) 2006-12-24 8:32
Wonferful view on Budapest. What a great composition together with the reflections. A great xmas shot.
vascao (192) 2006-12-24 16:39
Stunning panoramic view, the lighting is perfect.
Regards and Merry Xmas.
zeca (19762) 2006-12-24 16:54
Beautiful view, George!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
chanjits (4454) 2006-12-24 19:29
marvelous shot dear with great depth of field and marvelous detail thanks for sharing.
Rosa_d_MonteLua (1506) 2006-12-24 20:30
What an amazing shot with absolutely spectacular reflections and a perfect luminosity.
Your POV it's fabulous and colors very pleasant.
TFS and Merry Christmas for you too!
Wanda1 (14982) 2006-12-25 4:14
A brilliant view of this city by night. Nice reflections and colours. I like your panoramic format. Nice and clear showing good details.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
capthaddock (28790) 2006-12-25 12:38
Merry Xmas George - specatcular panorama, the lights look fantastic, and so sharp, good timing with the navy blue sky.
john_c (24662) 2006-12-25 13:03
A superb view of this beautiful and historic city. The reflections mesmerize, the lights are divine. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
pasternak (15181) 2006-12-25 13:58
Merry Christmas to you as well, George, and I must say I like this picture, especially for the deep blue colour, which contrasts so well with the illuminated buildings. You live in a beautiful city which I want to visit one day!
ninaL (21348) 2006-12-25 14:04
I went to Budapest just for some days, long time ago.
I loved particulary this city in the night.
I remember this bridge and the light of the Budapest.
Best regards. Grazyna.
bostankorkulugu (42046) 2006-12-25 14:08
Great shot George... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
MIG13 (0) 2006-12-25 18:13
Hi, George! Thanks for the nice pic (Budapest is wonderful!) and the very good note! My best wishes to you and your family! Merry Christmas, my friend! Miguel.
ndb1958 (9289) 2006-12-26 8:38
a nice view on the surface of the river with beautiful reflections of the citylights.
Very beautiful view on the scenery.
jemaflor (84707) 2006-12-26 13:06
Great blue hour shot, lovely reflection and superbe effect with this panoramic format, Happy new year.
Angshu (55669) 2006-12-28 22:37
Wonderful view of your city with the reflections on the river waters. The sharpness is nice & the colours which has come out in the blue hour makes this a superb shot
Wishing you the very best for 2007
ahmetgedikli (25482) 2006-12-29 19:31
Beautiful view. I like the composition, sharpness and colours. Superb qualify of photo. I like it a lot.
Have a happy new year.
TeresaT (10806) 2006-12-31 14:48
A very beauitful night shot with fantastic lights and a pewrfect reflections on the water.
I also like the deep blue tones of the sky.
Happy new year for you and your family.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-20
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Your Favorites, Picturesque Budapest [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-23 13:18
- Favorites: 1 [view]