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On the banks of the river Tisza, the once important town of Szeged lost much of its stature after WWI when Hungary lost its southern territories and it suddenly found itself on the border with Romania. Gradually it took on roles that had once belonged to Hungarian cities, now in foreign lands, and it began to flourish again. Oil was found nearby in 1965 but the town is better known for its university, one of Hungary’s most distinguished, and is also a justifiably popular tourist spot. With university buildings dotted around the town, arguably the most attractive are to be found in Cathedral Square, one of the largest public spaces in Hungary. Szeged CathedralErnő Foerk completed the Cathedral in 1930 but Frigyes Schulek, designer of the Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, raised the original plans and it is easy to see his influence in the gingerbread castle like cluster of red brick towers and white colonnades. (OK – so it’s not so obvious in a B&W shot!)

This just struck me as a typical University scene! Universty life Finally, the Reök Palace, originally a residential building but now a cultural centre, is just too beautiful not to be included 🙂 Reok PalaceUnfortunately I was there at the wrong time of day and, without a suitable vantage point, couldn’t get a good shot of the whole of this sensuous building. Shame, because it was stunning with its rolling roofline, lilac and sea green water lilies embellishing the ivory facade and balconies modeled from flowering tendrils. I’m sorry I can’t show you more but I really would recommend an image search of this sugar icing beauty.

 (All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

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