BUDAPEST, HUNGARY 🇭🇺: Búcsú ! 

Budapest Pride.
So many questions…
Liberty Statue or Freedom Statue. Reigns atop Gellert Hill and it commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary.
Pretty ladies along the Danube.

Monument building complex hosting apartments, a pub, and a parking garage. Definition of character for a building.
The Polish/Hungarian Friendship Tree by Neopaint.
The inner sanctums/courtyards within the enormous commercial/residential complexes, are beyond intriguing. Another world within.

10sep17 Budapest, Hungary 🇭🇺 

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BRASOV, ROMANIA: DOWNRIGHT MEDIEVAL

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Piața Sfatului ~ holding annual markets since 1364

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The Black Church ~Biserica Neagră ~ largest Gothic church in Southeastern Europe - began in 1377
The Black Church ~ Biserica Neagră ~ largest Gothic church in Southeastern Europe – began in 1377

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27&282017 Brasov, Romania

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA 🇷🇴: MEMORIAL OF REBIRTH AMD THE BROKEN MAN

“Broken Man” Iuliu Maniu: Great liberal democrat, last honest man, spent his final years in a bleak Communist prison, froze to death and was thrown into an unmarked mass grave.

This is Revolution Square, where Romania’s Communist-era dictator, Nicolae Ceauşescu, was publicly overthrown in December 1989.

Below, is the controversial “Memorial of Rebirth, (Memorialul Renaşterii)” which is a monument in central Bucharest that commemorates the struggles and victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, which overthrew Communism. 

It was designed by Alexandru Ghilduş, and features a 25-metre-high marble pillar as it’s centerpiece and reaches up to the sky, and on top, a metal “crown” is encircling it.

It’s original name was going to be “Eternal Glory to the Heroes and the Romanian Revolution of December 1989” (Glorie Eternă Eroilor şi Revoluţiei Române din Decembrie 1989). The name “Memorial of Rebirth” alludes to Romania’s rebirth as a nation after the collapse of Communism. It’s an incredibly significant time in Romania’s history so it’s a shame that so many people seem to dislike the monument so passionately.

Pretty much everyone acknowledged the need for a memorial commemorating the 1989 revolution, the monument sparked major controversy when it appeared in 2005, mainly to do with its design. Many artists stated that the memorial, especially its central pillar, was devoid of any symbolism, being too abstract, and thus didn’t adequately represent the suffering and magnitude of the 1989 revolution, which claimed around 1,500 lives. (wiki)
The Memorial of Rebirth has been described as “a potato skewered on a stake”, an “olive on a toothpick”, “the potato of the revolution” and “the vector with the crown”.

Owing to its relative unpopularity, the monument is guarded round-the-clock. Despite this, on the night of 12 May 2006, it was vandalized with a stencil graffiti figure representing the fictional revolutionary character “V” on the side facing the National Museum of Art. (wiki)
In 2012 the monument was defaced a second time with a splash of bright red paint that was delivered just at the bottom of the monument’s “potato” by an unknown person. This caused the monument to look as though it is bleeding. The paint is so inaccessibly high that it has remained in place since it was placed there. (wiki)

13aug17 Bucharest, Romania 🇷🇴 

HIMEJI, JAPAN: HIMEJI CASTLE

Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jō) is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji, in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō (“White Egret Castle” or “White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.                                                    Himeji Castle dates to 1333, when Akamatsu Norimura built a fort on top of Himeyama hill. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himeji_Castle

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29may16. Himeji, Japan.

KOBE, JAPAN: AKASHI CASTLE

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Akashi Castle (明石城 Akashi-jō) is in Akashi, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. This castle was constructed by Ogasawara Tadazane as his own castle from 1617 to 1619 to watch over the western lords, by the order of Tokugawa Hidetada, on Mount Akamatsu. The castle was built in one year, which was a relatively short amount of time. In Akashi Castle, there are two Important Cultural Properties selected by the Japanese government: Hitsujisaru Yagura and Tatsumi Yagura ~ These two yagura, or towers, are the castle’s only remaining buildings.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashi_Castle

29may16. Kobe, Japan. Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture.

NAGASAKI, JAPAN: ONE-LEGGED TORII

Located about 800 meters from the hypocenter, Sanno Shinto Shrine barely had time to gasp. The instantaneous flash of heat, which reached as high as 4000 degrees on the ground, vaporized the leaves and branches on the camphor trees. Then the blast, ten times greater than the fiercest hurricane, pulverized the shrine buildings and slapped down all the stone balustrades, lanterns, sculptures and gates nearby. But when the wind finally abated and the dust settled, the stunned deities of the shrine found that one of the legs of the torii arch at the top of the steps had remained miraculously upright.

Now half a century has passed since that fateful day. The hillside is lush with greenery again, Sanno Shrine has been reconstructed, and the neighborhood is a similar — albeit modernized — version of its pre-war self. Nothing in this typical urban tangle even hints at the catastrophe that occurred here in 1945.

But the ominously significant one-legged arch continues to do its delicate balancing act and to look down upon the changing city. Robbed of a leg by the world’s first experiment with nuclear war, it points silently to the uneasiness of humankind and to the precarious state of a fragile planet forced to live with the threat of nuclear destruction. (Brian Burke-Gaffney) – http://www.uwosh.edu/home_pages/faculty_staff/earns/torii.html


15may16. Nagasaki, Japan.