Saturday, 21 June 2014

Gellert Baths

 
 

On our last day in Budapest we decided to cross Szabadsag hid (Liberty bridge)  and pay our second visit to Buda.




 
The bridge affords great views across the river
 
 
 
 

 
this is the closest we got to the Cave Church as we did not have time to visit
 
 


 

 
We didn't have much time, just enough to have a look at Gellert baths and hotel. An Art Nouveau building it opened in 1918 and was commandeered as staff headquarters by the Reds, and the Romanian army at different times in its history. During the 1930s and 1940s the hotel's balls were the highlight of Budapest's social calendar, when debutantes danced on a glass floor laid over its pool.
 
 
 


It has a magnificent grand entrance





looking closer





the whole building is a gem.




 
A look at that bridge again before entering the building
 

 
 

 
and a closer look at the church. 
 
  
 
 

Great wrought iron entrance as one would expect from Budapest by now,





and in we went.






A closer look at that magnificent ceiling




 
The main hall with the baths on the right, but we were not allowed to go in there unless swimming
 

 
 


beautiful floor, grand statues, stained glass, magnificent ceiling





a closer look at one of the statues and the majolica tiles behind it




 
gorgeous stained glass.
 
 
 

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