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Király Gyógyfürdő
 

1027- Budapest
Fő u. 84.

 


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Visiting this old spa of Budapest will take you back in time to another world and you might get an authentic experience of the Turkish baths by lounging in the various pools of Király Baths. The spa got its present name of its owners, the König family in the 19C, who later adopted the Hungarian equivalent of their name. The surviving Turkish parts are still in use in the wing which faces Gunz utca. Construction of this building started in 1566 under Pasha Arshlan and Pasha Sokoli Mustapha finished the work four years later. There is also a part of the baths, which was built in the 19C in neo-Classical style. Women can only enter the baths every second day o the week. On Sunday it is closed.

Place of interest


The surrounding area known as Water Town since the Middle Ages was once a surrounded by walls. Its inhabitants were poorer people than those who lived in the castle nearby. They worked with different kind of crafts and trades and fishing. When the Turks invaded the city, they transformed the local churches into mosques and built baths here. Although nowadays the Water Town has lost its small-town atmosphere it is still worth a visit.

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If you start your walk from the Chain Bridge, on the west side of the Clark Ádám tér you can see the great Castle Hill Tunnel. Just like in the case of the Chain Bridge Count Széchenyi István was instrumental in promoting the concept of a tunnel through the hill. Adam Clark was also involved in carrying out this conception, so this is why the square got its name after him. To the left of the tunnel is the way up to the Castle Hill either by foot or by the Buda Castle Funicular. Visiting the Castle historical and cultural sights could take one day. You should visit the Royal Palace where you can see different kinds of exhibitions, like the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum or the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ludwig Museum. There are lots of great statues inside the building complex. Don’t miss the Matthias Fountain which recalls one of the romantic tales associated with the popular Hungarian King Mathias. There are lots of tales about him, this one runs so: “King Mathias was hunting in the forest, when he met a beautiful girl by chance. The girl’s name was Ilonka. She fell in love with the hunter, but when she discovered who the hunter really is, she died of broken heart believing her love to be hopeless.” In this fountain you can see the king in hunting garb, a stag lying at his feet. On his right is Ilonka the Beautifull. The seated figure is Galeotto Mazzio, an Italian humanist, who was a chronicler at the king’s court. After, you can visit the Sándor Palace, the former official residence of Hungary’s prime minister at Szent György tér. From here, take a short walk to the marvelous building complex of Mathias Church and the neo-Romanesque Fisherman’s Bastion. There are plenty of exhibitions in the western part of the district, like the Museum of Military History, the Museum of Hungarian Commerce and Catering, and you can also visit the Castle Cave in Országház utca. In a short description there is no place for every sights of the Castle. It is worth it to get lost a little in the Castle District, see the promenade by the side of the hill with its great views, or the narrow streets and the old buildings, so this way you can get the atmosphere of it.


If you decide to continue your walk by the foot of the Castle Hill, you can either take a pleasant walk on the promenade by the Danube, or continue your walk in Water Town on F? utca. Here you can see the Post-Modern building of the French Institute, where you can visit different kinds of programs and exhibitions. After a short walk stands the former Capuchin Church and Monastery. Corvin tér fallows immediately after the church. Here you can see a bronze statue of a Hungarian warrior from the time of 9C. The Hunagrian conquest drinks from an ox-horn. The statue was made by Barnabás Holló in 1904. On the north side of the square stands the Buda Vigadó concert hall, which nowadays is the home of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. Their regular performances are worth a visit.


On the next square – Szilágyi Dezs? tér - the neo-Ghotic Calvinist Church was designed by Sámuel Pecz in the 19C. It is interesting that he employed the style of medieval Catholic church architecture in this building.


After a while, F? utca enters Batthyány tér. This was the historic center of the Water Town. The twin-towered Church of St Anne on the square is one of Budapest’s major Baroque monuments.


The first covered market of Buda stands on the west side of the square. There is also a statue of Ferenc Kölcsey on the square. He was the author of the Hungarian anthem.


From here you may continue you walk on F? utca. On the right side of the street you will see the Church of the St Elisabeth Nuns, which was built in the 18C.


On the next square is the Nagy Imre tér. Here stands the large building of the Military Court of Justice. The building was a judicial center and police headquarters for many years. It was used by the Gestapo under the Second World War, and after the secret police use it under the Stalinist period in Hungary. The Post-Modern building here is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


After passing Király Baths, you’ll finally reach the end of F? utca in Bem József tér. On the middle of the square stands the great statue of this great Polish General.

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