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The part between Vörösmarty Square and Elizabeth Bridge is considered as the heart of Budapest

Budapest Vaci utca and the Pest Danube-bank

Váci Street (Váci utca), just a few steps away from the Western end of Andrássy Avenue, is another well-known area of the inner city. The part between Vörösmarty Square and Elizabeth Bridge is considered as the heart of Budapest. The elegant pedestrian street was born in the 18th century, by joining two streets, and replacing the original small buildings and shops were by neo-Classical and eclectic apartments. Department stores were added in the next century, which were followed by international trade-centers and hotels as time passed. As a result, the street is lined today with peculiar, old buildings, as well as the most modern pieces of architecture, all squeezed into the narrow plots. The street is ever busy, with a unique atmosphere.

 

The northern end of Vaci Street runs into Vörösmarty Square, which is also the end station of Metro 1, the yellow line. The square was named after the revered Hungarian poet and writer, Mihály Vörösmarty, whose marble statue, created by Ede Telc, stands in the middle. A charming fountain, featuring four water-spitting lions, stands by the statue, making this location a pleasant place to be during the summer. On the northern side, an Eclectic-style palace houses the famous Confectionery "Gerbaud".

 

Vigadó tér is southwest from Vörösmarty Square, right along the Danube. It is named after its main building, a famous concert hall and ballroom. On the Danube, there is a succession of floating restaurants and clubs.

 

Walking north, Roosevelt tér is the next major square, right by the fabulous Chain Bridge. The beautiful building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences ornaments the square to the north, while the art nouveau Gresham Hotel occupies the plot across the Danube-bank.

 

Kossuth Lajos Square starts four blocks up from the Academy. This is the location of the almost 900 feet long, beautiful Parliament building. Entering the square from the south, a statue of a freedom fighter from another age, Ferenc Rákóczi II, greets the visitor. This statue was erected on the two hundredth anniversary of his death, in 1935. The statue of Lajos Kossuth stands closer to the Parliament building. He was an outstanding politician of the 1848-49 War of Independence, and he is represented by the main figure of the composition, the artwork of Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl. Cast in bronze, the figure is 5 meter tall. By standing figures are the work of András Kocsis and Lajos Ungvári, and feature the following figures: a peasant woman with a child, a peasant man with a hat in hand, a soldier, a worker with rifle, a student with sword, and an armed horse herder. The base pedestal is 15 meters long, solid red stone from Balatonalmádi.
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