Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Siofok and Szekesfehervar

Siofok, the party town of Balaton, but not just yet, its bars, restaurants, sex clubs get swamped during July and August by local and foreign tourists now it is only the end of June, the venues are just getting cleaned for the rush, the beach promenade is still very quite, but there is life on the main square.
Siofok Beach Promenade
Siofok Main Square
It is only appropriate that the "party town" gave birth to Imre Kalman composer of my favorite operetta, The Gypsy Princess. I saw it as a fourteen year old and listened to its tunes many times since. 

Twelve more km. along the lake shore and than Szekesfehervar, the first Hungarian town, founded by Prince Geza, his son Stephen made it his royal seat and built the cathedral in which thirty-eight Hungarian kings were crowned. After the town was occupied by the Turks in 1543, the cathedral was plundered than blown up, in fact the whole town was utterly destroyed by the Turks, the current Inner City was built after their defeat, at the end of the seventeenth century.
Szekesfehervar Inner City
The Inner City occupies approximately the same area as the castle did and it is well preserved with pedestrianized streets lined with cafes, restaurants and shops. The musical Clock Tower in one of the secluded courts is a hit with young and old.
Musical Clock Tower
The most remarkable building in Szekesfehervar is "Bory's Castle" designed and built by Jeno Bory acclaimed sculptor and architect, with the help of a group of students, during his holidays from his regular work as a professor at a Budapest university and a professional sculptor.
Bory's Castle

He started on his project using a relatively new building material, "concrete", in 1923, even the door and window frame are concrete.

From a small house on a large suburban block he built a castle, while living on sight with his wife and children, the building is still the family's permanent residence. Jeno Bory never stopped working on his project, he worked till the 2nd W.W. to build it, and then till his death in 1959 to repair the war damage. All the buildings and statues are his work judge for yourself.

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