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Dear Folks,
It's been a long time since I uploaded my last photo due to my studies. I have my GCE exams next week and I had to study a lot so that I didn't really have time for TE. But this week was a turning point in my life because I got my first DSLR camera, a Pentax K200D!
I went out to the town to test my new toy, but I only had time for some bluehour shot because it started to rain (see the heavy clouds in the sky).
This is the main square of my hometown, Vác. On the left you can see the town hall.

Március 15 tér

The triangular "March 15th Square" (outbreak of the Hungarian revolution in 1848) was the center of the Baroque town and site of the market until it was redesigned in 1951. The surrounding Baroque and 18th century plait style houses create an idyllic ensemble. The square itself is somewhat sunken with ornamental paving stones, four Baroque sculptures and a fountain.

The town hall (No. 11), a Baroque building, was built in 1735-69 on the site of a Turkish bath. Above the handsomely shaped entrance is a pleasing wrought-iron grille and a group of figures. In the 18th century two medieval houses were joined together and underwent alteration to become the first bishop's palace (No. 6), which was converted into a monastery after the construction of the new bishop's residence and has accommodated an institute for deaf mutes since 1802, one of the oldest institutions of its kind. On both sides of the two-story building is a magnificent Baroque doorway. On the south side the Március 15 tér is framed by the simple but not unpretentious façade of the former Dominican church, now the parish church of the upper town. The fine Rococo interior of the church built between 1699 and 1745 takes the visitor by surprise.

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