October 28th, 2021
Hight's Sabbatical Pictures

Part 24: A visit to Budapest and CEU


On 24 February 2008 I traveled to Budapest, where I had been invited to give a paper at CEU - Central European University. I was fortunate and had one day to see the city of Budapest. Above is the famous 'lady with a palm leaf' - a monument to peace - on Gellert Hill overlooking the city.

From Castle Hill, I am overlooking the Danube from Buda into Pest. The bridge below is the 'Chain Bridge.' It is made of interlocking giant chains. The city has a haze (presumably from pollution) but the day was unseasonably mild for February - I did not wear a jacket.

A part of the old castle on the hill. The monuments and architecture are impressive. I visited the Budapest history museum which is housed on the castle grounds.

St. Stephen's church. Just behind me a block or os is CEU (where I gave my paper). The university is urban and English-speaking.

Inside the church - here is a monument to St. Stephen himself. The church houses a relic - the entire intact hand of Stephen himself. The church dominates the central skyline of Pest.
     For those who are interested, my paper (delivered at CEU) concerned the relationship between the mind and ideas in Berkeley's ontology.

Budapest is famous for its bath houses and therapeutic mineral springs. After some urging by others who knew the city, I got up early and 'took the waters.' This is a picture of entry hall at Gellert Bath. The pools and spas are gorgeous, set in high arched tiled rooms.

The now once again more or less blue Danube (Dona) River. Once polluted to an unfortunate brown, clean-up efforts have had a considerable effect on the river.

The gothic spires of the Hungarian Parliament. The facade has just been recently redone (you can see the last of the restoration efforts with the scaffolds on the right) and the building is a brilliant white stone. The impressive effect is hard to see in the photo. 

Heroes Square - a large plaza with statues of old Hungarian heroes (all pre-communist). Two nice museums flank the square (I did not have time to see either) and behind the monument is a large park. The park has a concert area that can also be flooded for ice-skating and water sports.

On the left is a communist built military monument. There used to be a Hungarian flag present on the spot, but the monument was erected in such a fashion as to replace or obscure it. The tent on the right is covered with banners protesting the monument and calling for the Hungarian national flag to be flown in front of it. Some of the banners had been defaced, a clear signal of the controversy that the several thousand Soviet-era monuments cause in Hungary.

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