Photographer's Note

Main square of Óbuda - Budapest, III. kerület (district)

The IIIrd district of Budapest is known as Óbuda (old Buda). When Budapest merged in 1873, Óbuda was the smallest, village-looking joining town (the advertising pillar stands at the same place since the 19. century, authentic detail of the main square too).
This district has a special atmosphere with its narrow streets, the small houses and the wonderful restaurants. 2000 years ago, a developed Roman settle called Aquicum was located here. The old Hungarian settle Óbuda was built on its ruins.

The island (Óbuda Island) next to this part of the city today hosts the Sziget Festival, a huge music and cultural festival.


Settlements dating from the stone age have been found in Óbuda. The Romans built Aquincum, the capital of Pannonia province here. Hungarians arrived after 900 and it served as an important settlement of major tribal leaders, later kings. Béla IV of Hungary built a new capital after the 1241-1242 Mongol invasion in Buda, somewhat south of Óbuda. On January 1, 1873 it was united with Buda and Pest to form Budapest.
(Source: vendégváró)

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