Peck into the UNESCO World Heritage @ Hungary.

In brief UNESCO World Heritage outstanding cultural and those of outstanding natural value

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Program was established in 1972. The aim of the program is to register the cultural and natural heritage of humanity … so the countries that are placed on this list must make a commitment to protecting the World Heritage sites in their territory so that later generations can enjoy their unparalleled beauty. Needless to say, being included on the World Heritage List is immensely prestigious, places such as the Grand Canyon National Park, the historic centre of Florence, Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China are all listed.

My own comment … Just a little mind you … Hungary is not just about Budapest!

In the cultural category the Capital of Hungary – Budapest counts as one, with three specific attractions, No1 the Danube Panorama, No2 Castel District and No3 Andrássy Avenue. The first refers to both banks, the bridges linking them and the landmarks along them. Certain attractions are cited by name, including the magnificent Neo-Gothic Parlament and Art Nouveau masterpiece, the Gresham Palace, defining the skyline of Pest, and dramatic hilltop Citadella the Buda. venue.

A seat of power since the 1200s, Castle District exudes history, the sprawling former royal palace now housing the Hungarian National Gallery. Just steps away the Matthias Church  by the Fishermen’s Bastion painstakingly created by architect Frigyes Schulek in the late 1800s, the former from medieval plans. Andrássy Avenue is more broadly defined to bring in the Great Synagogue … the World’s largest pray house. The Opera House and magnificently restored Franz Liszt Academy of Music among the landmarks.

In the western part of Hungary, Pannonhalma Abbey, founded in 996 and still functions today as a center of church and art history, with an arboretum and herb garden, cloisters, an archabbey museum, a gallery and chapel.

In the north-east Hungary, designated as a wine region since 1737, Tokaj’s storied viticulture is another heritage site, 3,000 cellars stretched across an area of eight settlements including Tokaj itself.

The nearby Hortobágy National Park shows how man and nature can interact in harmony, animal husbandry adapted to the saline pastures and wetlands. In spring and fall, this habitat attracts breeding and migrating birdlife.

Alittle less than 100 kms to Budapest, Hollókő an Old Village that kept its folk architecture traditions, comprises 55 buildings and a church.

The Fertő Lake area features an unique landscape of vineyards and diverse wildlife, geologically and historically uniform either side of the Austrian border that now divides it.

The Roman Sopianae is today Pécs in southern Hungary, where an Early Christian Necropolis from the fourth century is part of The Cella Septichora Cisitor Center a very popular tourist attraction.

Aggtelek with its twelve hundred caverns straddling the Slovak border include the 26kms Baradla-Domica cave system and Rákóczi Cave No.1, used in the treatment of respiratory illnesses.

Overview by Aggie Reiter

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