Budapest, Hungary.

During a nine-day trip that was aimed to reunite my grandfather and his sister after 45 years of long-distance calls, I  explored Budapest. I saw how it marries its complicated past with a future tabula rasa, a clean slate, in the form of commemorative statues and memorials. 

In a city that has faced a litany of sieges and wars in the distant past as well as Nazi and Communist occupation in more recent history, the city now embodies a revived national zeitgeist. 

Budapest recognizes the hardships it has faced, yet functions beyond them to cultivate a community of friendly faces with a love of life. 

Valerie Szalanczy

Frescos and arches inside of Szent István Bazilika.


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View from the top of Szent István Bazilika.


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Tram crossing the Liberty Bridge from Buda to Pest.


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View of Buda, the Danube River and Pest on the walk to the Citadella. 


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Neighborhood near the Fisherman’s Bastion. 


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View from Fisherman’s Bastion of the Hungarian Parliament Building across the Danube River.


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The Hungarian Parliament.

Contact photographer Valerie Szalanczy at valerie.szalanczy@richmond.edu.