The history of Budapest began when an early Celtic settlement transformed into the Roman town of Aquincum ,   the capital of Lower Pannonia. The city was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of , the Battle of Budapest in , and the Hungarian Revolution of Before this, the towns together had sometimes been referred to colloquially as "Pest-Buda". All varieties of English pronounce the -s- as in the English word pest. According to a legend recorded in chronicles from the Middle Ages , "Buda" comes from the name of its founder, Bleda , brother of Hunnic ruler Attila. There are several theories about Pest.
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The history of Budapest began when an early Celtic settlement transformed into the Roman town of Aquincum ,   the capital of Lower Pannonia. The city was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of , the Battle of Budapest in , and the Hungarian Revolution of Before this, the towns together had sometimes been referred to colloquially as "Pest-Buda". All varieties of English pronounce the -s- as in the English word pest.
According to a legend recorded in chronicles from the Middle Ages , "Buda" comes from the name of its founder, Bleda , brother of Hunnic ruler Attila. There are several theories about Pest. It was later occupied by the Romans.
The archaeological site was turned into a museum with inside and open-air sections. In it became the capital of Hungary. The cultural role of Buda was particularly significant during the reign of King Matthias Corvinus. The Italian Renaissance had a great influence on the city. His library, the Bibliotheca Corviniana , was Europe's greatest collection of historical chronicles and philosophic and scientific works in the 15th century, and second in size only to the Vatican Library.
The Ottomans conquered Buda in , as well in , and finally occupied it in By the number of Christians was down to about a thousand, and by it had fallen to only about seventy. In , two years after the unsuccessful siege of Buda , a renewed campaign was started to enter the Hungarian capital. This time, the Holy League 's army was twice as large, containing over 74, men, including German , Croat , Dutch , Hungarian, English, Spanish, Czech , Italian, French, Burgundian , Danish and Swedish soldiers, along with other Europeans as volunteers, artillerymen , and officers.
In the Treaty of Karlowitz , these territorial changes were officially recognized to show the end of the rule of the Turks, and in the entire Kingdom of Hungary was removed from Ottoman rule. The 19th century was dominated by the Hungarian struggle for independence  and modernisation. The national insurrection against the Habsburgs began in the Hungarian capital in and was defeated one and a half years later, with the help of the Russian Empire.
This made Budapest the twin capital of a dual monarchy. It was this compromise which opened the second great phase of development in the history of Budapest , lasting until World War I. The dynamic Pest grew into the country's administrative, political, economic, trade and cultural hub. Ethnic Hungarians overtook Germans in the second half of the 19th century due to mass migration from the overpopulated rural Transdanubia and Great Hungarian Plain.
Between and the proportion of Hungarians increased from The proportion of Jews peaked in with In the Treaty of Trianon partitioned the country, and as a result, Hungary lost over two-thirds of its territory, and about two-thirds of its inhabitants, including 3. In , a year before the end of World War II , Budapest was partly destroyed by British and American air raids first attack 4 April   . From 24 December to 13 February , the city was besieged during the Battle of Budapest.
Budapest suffered major damage caused by the attacking Soviet and Romanian troops and the defending German and Hungarian troops. More than 38, civilians lost their lives during the conflict. All bridges were destroyed by the Germans. The stone lions that have decorated the Chain Bridge since survived the devastation of the war.
About 3, Hungarian Jews found refuge at the Glass House and in a neighboring building. Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews in Budapest by giving them Swedish protection papers and taking them under his consular protection.
Giorgio Perlasca , an Italian citizen, saved thousands of Hungarian Jews posing as a Spanish diplomat. Following the liberation of Hungary from Nazi Germany by the Red Army , Soviet military occupation ensued, which ended only in The Soviets exerted significant influence on Hungarian political affairs.
The new Communist government considered the buildings like the Buda Castle symbols of the former regime, and during the s the palace was gutted and all the interiors were destroyed also see Stalin era. On 23 October citizens held a large peaceful demonstration in Budapest demanding democratic reform. The demonstrators went to the Budapest radio station and demanded to publish their demands.
The regime ordered troops to shoot into the crowd. Hungarian soldiers gave rifles to the demonstrators who were now able to capture the building. This initiated the Hungarian Revolution of To their surprise, the central committee of the " Hungarian Working People's Party " did so that same evening.
This uprising was an anti-Soviet revolt that lasted from 23 October until 11 November. After Nagy had declared that Hungary was to leave the Warsaw Pact and become neutral, Soviet tanks and troops entered the country to crush the revolt. Fighting continued until mid November, leaving more than dead. A monument was erected at the fiftieth anniversary of the revolt in , at the edge of the City Park. Its shape is a wedge with a 56 angle degree made in rusted iron that gradually becomes shiny, ending in an intersection to symbolize Hungarian forces that temporarily eradicated the Communist leadership.
From the s to the late s Hungary was often satirically referred to as " the happiest barrack " within the Eastern bloc , and much of the wartime damage to the city was finally repaired.
In the s, the city's population reached 2. In recent times a significant decrease in population occurred mainly due to a massive movement to the neighbouring agglomeration in Pest county , i.
In the last decades of the 20th century the political changes of —90 Fall of the Iron Curtain concealed changes in civil society and along the streets of Budapest. The monuments of the dictatorship were removed from public places, into Memento Park. Budapest, strategically placed at the centre of the Carpathian Basin , lies on an ancient route linking the hills of Transdanubia with the Great Plain.
Pest lies on the flat terrain of the Great Plain while Buda is rather hilly. The wide Danube was always fordable at this point because of a small number of islands in the middle of the river.
The city has marked topographical contrasts: Buda is built on the higher river terraces and hills of the western side, while the considerably larger Pest spreads out on a flat and featureless sand plain on the river's opposite bank.
The hills were formed in the Triassic Period. The lowest point is the line of the Danube which is 96 metres feet above sea level. Budapest is also rich in green areas.
Of the square kilometres square miles occupied by the city, 83 square kilometres 32 square miles is green area, park and forest. The city's importance in terms of traffic is very central, because many major European roads and European railway lines lead to Budapest. Some of these waters have medicinal effects due to their medically valuable mineral contents.
The spring months March and April see variable conditions, with a rapid increase in the average temperature. The weather in late March and in April is often very agreeable during the day and fresh at night. Budapest's long summer — lasting from May until mid-September — is warm or very warm. Sudden heavy showers also occur, particularly in May and June.
The autumn in Budapest mid-September until late October is characterised by little rain and long sunny days with moderate temperatures. Temperatures often turn abruptly colder in late October or early November. Mean annual precipitation in Budapest is around On average, there are 84 days with precipitation and hours of sunshine of a possible each year. The city lies on the boundary between Zone 6 and Zone 7 in terms of the hardiness zone.
The number of high-rise buildings is kept low by building legislation, which is aimed at preserving the historic cityscape and to meet the requirements of the World Heritage Site. Strong rules apply to the planning, authorisation and construction of high-rise buildings and consequently much of the inner city does not have any.
Some planners would like see an easing of the rules for the construction of skyscrapers, and the possibility of building skyscrapers outside the city's historic core has been raised. In the chronological order of architectural styles Budapest represents on the entire timeline. Start with the Roman City of Aquincum represents the ancient architecture. The next determinative style is the Gothic architecture in Budapest. The few remaining Gothic buildings can be found in the Castle District.
Buildings of note are no. Another buildings with Gothic remains is the Inner City Parish Church , built in the 12th century,  and the Mary Magdalene Church , completed in the 15th century. The next chapter in the history of human architecture is Renaissance architecture. One of the earliest places to be influenced by the Renaissance style of architecture was Hungary, and Budapest in particular.
Many Italian artists, craftsmen and masons came to Buda with the new queen. Today, many of the original renaissance buildings disappeared during the varied history of Buda, but Budapest is still rich in renaissance and neo-renaissance buildings, like the famous Hungarian State Opera House , St.
Stephen's Basilica and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. During the Turkish occupation — , Islamic culture flourished in Budapest; multiple mosques and baths were built in the city.
These were great examples of Ottoman architecture , which was influenced by Muslims from around the world including Turkish, Iranian, Arabian and to a larger extent, Byzantine architecture as well as Islamic traditions. After the Holy League conquered Budapest, they replaced most of the mosques with churches and minarets were turned into bell towers and cathedral spires.
At one point the distinct sloping central square in Budapest became a bustling Oriental bazaar, which was filled with "the chatter of camel caravans on their way to Yemen and India". Various cultures converged in Hungary seemed to coalesce well with each other, as if all these different cultures and architecture styles are digested into Hungary's own way of cultural blend.
A precedent to show the city's self-conscious is the top section of the city's main square, currently named as Szechenyi. When Turks came to the city, they built mosques here which was aggressively replaced with Gothic church of St. The rationale of reusing the base of the former Islamic building mosque and reconstruction into Gothic Church but Islamic style architecture over it is typically Islamic are still visible. An official term for the rationale is spolia.
The mosque was called the djami of Pasha Gazi Kassim, and djami means mosque in Arabic. After Turks and Muslims were expelled and massacred from Budapest, the site was reoccupied by Christians and reformed into a church, the Inner City Parish Church Budapest.
The minaret and Turkish entranceway were removed.
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