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Little Princess statue & The Royal Palace (in the background)

Sitting on the tram stop railing near to the Vigad, on the Danube Embankment, the bronze statue of the Little Princess (Kiskir疝yl疣y) quickly became popular amongst pedestrians. The work of L疽zl Marton was unveiled in 1989. The sculpture is the English crown prince's favourite sculpture on Budapest.

Danube promenade (Duna-korz), Budapest

This promenade with its ornamented lampposts and benches was developed fully roughly a hundred years ago. It tempts visitors both to take a walk and to enjoy the panorama of the Danube. The predecessor of the Embankment set out more than two hundred years ago as a line of trees. This southern stretch of the Danube near the city parish church (Belv疵osi Pl饕疣iatemplom) is where the raft-bridge was once moored. The tradition of its present use as a promenade stems from the time of the Millennium celebrations. The statue of the Little Princess (Kiskir疝yl疣y szobra) can be found at the railings of the tram stop at the Vigad.

Royal Palace (Kir疝yi palota)

This Baroque Palace was built in the 18th century and then extended between 1896 and 1903. Beneath the current building, the 13th to 15th century remains of the medieval and Renaissance Palace have been excavated.
There has been a royal palace on this site since the 1200's, but relatively few excavated and reconstructed sections from that early period can be seen. The Palace suffered serious damage during the siege of the invading Turkish troops.
The current external appearance of the building complex is the result of Baroque-style building work in the 18th century, as well as remodelling and expansion in the 19th century.
The residence of Franz Joseph, Austrian Emperor and Hungarian King, and of the Habsburg archdukes, was created by the most outstanding Hungarian craftsmen at the turn of the 19th century. However, the Palace was completely burnt out during World War II and the lavishly furnished stately halls were destroyed: the royal suites, the ballroom, and the throne room. The reconstruction took a simplified form.
Today the Palace District (V疵negyed) is one of Budapest's most significant cultural centres. It is home to a comprehensive collection of Hungary's fine arts at the National Gallery (Nemzeti Gal駻ia), while the Budapest History Museum (Budapesti Trt駭eti Mzeum) looks after the excavated architectural remnants of the old Royal Palace, amongst which are some fragments of statues from the Anjou era. (Source: Vend馮v疵)

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Additional Photos by George Rumpler (Budapestman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8900 W: 3 N: 20435] (82620)
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