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PHOTO ESSAY: Budapest, Hungary

<p>On Szent István tér, a brick square, walking toward Szent István Bazilika in Budapest, Hungary.</p>

On Szent István tér, a brick square, walking toward Szent István Bazilika in Budapest, Hungary.

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. 

Frescos and arches inside of Szent István Bazilika.


View from the top of Szent István Bazilika.


Tram crossing the Liberty Bridge from Buda to Pest.


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


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Neighborhood near the Fisherman’s Bastion. 


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


The Hungarian Parliament.

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

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