Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hungarian Highlights - Part 12 (Gyula)

Link to Part 11

After a couple of long travel days across the bottom of the country involving about 11 hours over bone-rattling roads, on an old bus with no washroom, I arrived in Gyula. Gyula (pronounced d'you-la) was my little oasis on the plain, close to the border with Romania. It was a little out of the way and I gave serious thought to giving the town a pass but in the end it ended up being a trip highlight.

Gothic-style Gyula Castle. Seeing it reminded me of the old CBC children's show "The Friendly Giant."

My hotel, backing onto the canal.

Inner City Church, dating from 1777.

Romanian Orthodox Church, dating from 1812.

Water fountains surrounding Lajos Kossuth Square.

Ladics House, a glimpse into how a typical 19th century bourgeois family lived.

Known only to Hungarian nationalists and musical pedants, this house (now a museum) is the birthplace of Ferenc (Franz) Erkel, the man who wrote operas as well as the music for Hungary's national anthem.