The best time to see London City is just before the sun rises over this famous capital. It was such an unforgettable experience; waking up at 3am and wandering around several empty streets, that usually bustle with residents during daytime working hours. You could walk, breathe with ease and wait with excitement to enjoy the sun coming over the Tower Bridge.
The Chain Bridge is one of the most famous buildings in Budapest. The original bridge was built between 1839 and 1849, after the Hungarian Earl Széchenyi encouraged the design and construction of same. It was the only connection between the two cities Buda and Pest, which have been separated by the Danube up until then. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge quickly became one of the busiest roads and over the years has been extended and equipped for the ever-growing volume of traffic.
I wasn’t surprised to learn that the central area of Budapest that is situated along the Danube River is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. There are many remarkable buildings there, such as the Hungarian Parliament (you can see it, glittering on the picture) or the Fisherman’s Bastion. Another golden point which you can see in this photo is Saint Stephen Basilica.
In ancient times on the place of the White Tower there has been a Byzantine fortification. In the 15th century, when the city fell under Ottoman Rule, the construction has been used as a prison and also as a place for mass executions, which explains why its name was ‘The Red Tower’ then. As soon as the Greeks were free from the Ottoman Rule in the beginning of the 20th century, they whitened the construction and gave it the name “The White Tower”, as a symbolic purification from the burden of the past.
The name of the Vinohrady district of Prague literally means ‘vineyards’ in English. While nowadays this is an urban area, in the middle ages this land was covered in vineyards. On the photo you can also see the Roman Catholic Church “Nejsvětějšího Srdce Páně” or “Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord”. Another significant city sight, visible here, is the Žižkov Television Tower, adding a high-tech touch to the landscape.