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BUDA-PAST: ICONIC BUILDING OF BUDAPEST THEN AND NOW

Do you know which iconic building of the Hungarian capital can be seen on this vintage photograph and approximately when it was taken?

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Wait! Here is a little help: This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest church in Hungary.

Today the square in front of it shines like this…

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…and during the Advent period there is a Christmas fair usually:

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Answer: On the vintage picture you can see the St. Stephen’s Basilica of Budapest in 1940. The constructions of the iconic Roman Catholic basilica started in 1851 by the plans of the well-known architect, József Hild. After the planner’s death Miklós Ybl became the main architect of the construction. When the main dome ruptured in 1868 Ybl made new plans for the basilica according to Hild’s but also used his neo-renaissance style. In the end, the basilica was consecrated in 1905.

via: ilyensisvoltbudapest.hu; wikipedia.hu; bazilika.biz

photos: ilyenisvoltbudapest.hu; funiq.hu; panoramio.com; enmg.hu