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Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Around Hungary >> Visegrád, Royal Town on the Danube tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Visegrád, Royal Town on the Danube

Visegrád, located in Hungary's Danube Bend region, on the narrowest part of the river, is home to an ancient citadel and a partially restored palace as well as some buildings by the late organic architect Imre Makovecz.

Built on a 350-meter-high hill in the 13th century by King Bela IV, Visegrád Citadel used to be one of the finest castles in Hungary. It also housed the Hungarian royal jewels until 1440 and again before the Turkish occupation. Its outer walls are intact, and the view over the Danube and surrounding countryside is spectacular.

The royal palace was built by King Bela IV around the same time as the citadel. It fell into dereliction after the Turkish invasion and was subsequently buried in a landslide. The ruins were discovered in 1934.
Visegrád Citadel (1259)
Visegrád Citadel (1259)
Visegrád Citadel, entry
Visegrád Citadel, entry
Visegrád Citadel
Visegrád Citadel
Visegrád Citadel
Visegrád Citadel
Visegrád Citadel, windows past and present
Visegrád Citadel, windows past and present
Visegrád Citadel, exhibit
Visegrád Citadel, exhibit
Visegrád Citadel, textures of time
Visegrád Citadel, textures of time
The Danube, from Visegrád Citadel
The Danube, from Visegrád Citadel
Forest Art Center by Imre Makovecz
Forest Art Center by Imre Makovecz
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center
Forest Art Center, bird door
Forest Art Center, bird door
Signature Makovecz
Signature Makovecz
Makovecz design
Makovecz design
Camping grounds guardian
Camping grounds guardian
Szentendre Island
Szentendre Island
Szentendre Island
Szentendre Island
Royal Palace at Visegrád
Royal Palace at Visegrád
Royal Palace, chapel ruins
Royal Palace, chapel ruins
Royal Palace, reconstruction
Royal Palace, reconstruction
Royal Palace, king's residence
Royal Palace, king's residence
Court of Honor, Hercules fountain
Court of Honor, Hercules fountain
Court of Honor
Court of Honor
Court of Honor
Court of Honor
Terrace, Danube view
Terrace, Danube view
Partial remains of the Lion Fountain
Partial remains of the Lion Fountain
Partial remains of the Lion Fountain
Partial remains of the Lion Fountain
Partial remains of the Lion Fountain
Partial remains of the Lion Fountain
Replica of the Lion Fountain
Replica of the Lion Fountain
Dining hall re-creation
Dining hall re-creation
Bedroom re-creation
Bedroom re-creation
Royal Palace re-creation
Royal Palace re-creation
King Mátyás coat of arms
King Mátyás coat of arms
Original stove tiles with royal coat-of-arms
Original stove tiles with royal coat-of-arms
The rebuilt stove with new tiles
The rebuilt stove with new tiles
Original tiles, Regensburg stove
Original tiles, Regensburg stove
The rebuilt Regensburg stove
The rebuilt Regensburg stove
Hercules Fountain remnants
Hercules Fountain remnants
Hercules Fountain, replica
Hercules Fountain, replica
Hercules Fountain, original base
Hercules Fountain, original base
In the gardens
In the gardens
Madonna of Visegrád
Madonna of Visegrád
Chapel, original support for organist's balcony
Chapel, original support for organist's balcony
Chapel, reconstructed support
Chapel, reconstructed support
Chapel reconstruction
Chapel reconstruction
Royal arches
Royal arches
Vestiges of the past
Vestiges of the past
From the chapel reconstruction
From the chapel reconstruction
View of the terrace
View of the terrace
Parting view
Parting view
Street level
Street level
Solomon's Tower, citadel walls
Solomon's Tower, citadel walls
Farewell to Visegrád
Farewell to Visegrád