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Lacock Abbey – Lacock Wiltshire, England

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Lacock Abbey  & The Fox Talbot Museum

(44) (0) 124 973 0227
(44) (0) 124 9
73 0459
High St, Lacock, Chippenham, SN15
2LG
Wiltshire,England

Lacockabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk

OPEN HOURS:
Email or call  for information

In 1232 Ela the Countess of Salisbury built the Abbey at Lacock as a tribute to her husband William Longspee- an illegitimate son of Henry II. Thus becoming its first Abbess, as well as the first female sheriff of Wiltshire!

In 1540 when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries, Lacock Abbey was sold to William Sharington and he subsequently turned it into a country house, its church destroyed and some of the stone sold as building material.

Sir Henry Sharington inherited the Abbey. In the 1750s his youngest daughter married Sir John Talbot of Worcestershire, linking the Talbot family the building

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Lacock Abbey is a wonderfully building to wander through.  Simple and managable in size, one can really get the feel of life here throughout all it’s different incarnations; from nunnery to WWII garrison.  The grounds offer unspoiled views and images of English countryside that resound in the mind.

At the Abbey’s entry you find the Fox Talbot Museum, dedicated to William Henry Fox Talbotthe father of modern photography, who invented the positive-negative film process and one of the last owners of the Abbey.  His granddaughter Matilda Talbot presented the Abbey and Lacock village to the National Trust in 1944 during WWII when it served as a home for refuges.

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Pass through the Gothic archway into the Victorian woodland garden with its lovley spring flowers, regional trees and lots of wild garlic!

Tip: If you plan on visiting 3 or more monuments, historic houses, gardens and National Parks in England consider becoming a member of the National Trust. The cost is about the same as three admissions and you become a member of a wonderful organization!

On a fun note, Lacock Abbey was used as a set for the Harry Pottter movies, as well as  The Other Boleyn Girl.


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Új Színház – Budapest, Hungary

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Új Színház

(New Theatre)
(36) 1 – 269 6021
(36) 1 – 269 6024
(36) 1 – 351 8510
1061 Budapest Paulay Ede utca 35
Budapest, Hungary

www.szinhaz.hu.

TICKET OFFICE HOURS:
2:00pm – 7:00pm  Daily

The New Theater – Új Színház – is located across the street from the opera house.  Walk to the end of the narrow Dalszinhaz Utca and you will see this very striking Art Deco edifiace.

Designed in 1909 bu Hungarian architect Béla Lajta the Új Színház was originally the night club Parisiana.  In 1910 the name was changed to the Crystal Pallace and in 1912 it was changed again to the simpler Dance Pallace. The name game continued in 1919 when  the moniker became the Variety Theatre and then quickly afterwards in 1925 The National Theatre and later both the Studio Theatre and Andrássy Theatre.

In the 1950’s the façade was restored and it was once again renamend to the Jókai Theatre. In the 60’s the facade frieze was demolished and the buidling become the Thalia.  Finally to be restored and resurrected in the 80’s as the Új Színház.

Currently the building is still quite striking and worth a look when you are in the neighborhood.

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Hősök Tere – Budapest, Hungary

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Hősök Tere

(Heroes Square)
Budapest, Hungary

It’s the fierceness of the Hungarian Heros that is most striking.  They gather in a tight circle beneath the Archangel Gabriel; who rises high above them all.  These are the sevan leaders of the seven Magyar tribes that conquered the Carpathian Basin in 896 and founded Hungary in the 9th century (Arpad, Elod, Ond, Kond, Tas, Huba, Tohotom).

These statues are magical and powerful and captivating

Cradeling the column, we find  a nod to modern Hungary.  A two part semicircular colonnade displaying the rulers of the  Habsburg dynasty in chronological order..

Build for the Hungarian Millenium in 1896 to conmemorate 1000 years of Hungarian history, the Hősök Tere  lays between the Műcsarnok (Palace of Arts) and the Szepmuveszeti Museum  (Museum of Fine Arts) Just behind the square is the Varosliget (City Park), The Vajdahunoy Castle and a bit further on are the Szechenyi Baths (A nice walk will take you between them all).

Try to get here eary in the morning to avoid the tour buses or visit at the end of the day.   We were there once after dark and it was quite another magical scene.

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Szent István Bazilika – Budapest, Hungary

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Szent István Bazilika

(St. Stephen’s Basilica)
(36) 1 – 311 0839
1051 Budapest, Hercegprímás u. 7. II. em.
Budapest, Hungary

www.basilica.hu

OPEN HOURS:
10:00 am – 4:00 pm   Everyday Winter
9:00 am – 5:00 pm     Everyday

Completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction, St. Stephen’s Basilica was named after the first King of Hungary (975–1038); whose mummified right hand is kept in the reliquary.  The building is an absolutely magnificent carved work of art.  The dome is 96m high and  filters daylight in a magical way, reflecting in guilded textures the detail of the mosaics. Absolutely breath taking.

 

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A good tip is to bring binoculars so you can see the details of the mosaics (they are so intricate they can easily be mistaken for frescos!!).  Make sure you walk all around the building; and know you can walk up to the cupola for some great views of the city

Attending mass outside of visiting hours gives a different perspective on this lovely cathedral.  Be sure to also find out  about any of the organ concerts often happening- they are sonically stunning!

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