Budapest sights (& a conference)

by Eszter Hargittai on February 18, 2005

I just came across some beautiful pictures [link to PowerPoint slides] of synagogues in Budapest most of which I have never seen despite it being my hometown. You will notice that they are tucked away with quite some care in several cases, which makes it easy to miss them. The photographer has many other slideshows available on his Web site.

I have also posted some photos of the main synagogue and my high school, but mostly of communist era statues gathered up in a Statue Park on the outskirts of the city.

Social scientists looking for a conference excuse to see these sights may want to consider submitting an abstract to the annual meetings of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics to be held this summer in Budapest. Abstracts are due March 1, 2005.



Matt 02.18.05 at 2:43 pm

Very pretty, Eszter. Thanks. How nice it would be to have one of those apartments w/ the balcony over-looking the synagog and the river…

The statue park is also interesting. There is one in Moscow, too, full of a large variety of ex-soviets and other more interesting things, some quite good. Derzhinsky and Stalin are there, along w/ Breshnev (SP?) and even Van Clyburn! It’s a place I always encourage people to visit in Moscow.


Max Newell 02.18.05 at 2:49 pm

The synagogue-within-courtyard is quite extraordinary, a strange sight to behold. It’s in Óbuda, if I recall correctly. (If not in Óbuda, somewhere up in that direction.) My wife and I managed to sneak into the building by tailgating a resident. Later, an ancient man tried to speak to us in Hungarian and Hebrew, neither of which we speak. I don’t remember whether I tried German on him or decided that was an option best not used.


Des von Bladet 02.18.05 at 3:04 pm

Sadly I lack the requisite PowerPointiness for this linkage.

But that’s OK, since I plan to take a trip to Budapest this year anyway; Easyjet flies there from Bedminster Increasingly International Airport, which is just down the road, so the need for good excuses is sensibly diminished, which is good since I don’t have one.

Aside, at least, from wishing to see some the New EU Countries in their native habitat, and a fotofeature in Paris Match a couple of months ago, that is.


Monica P. 02.18.05 at 5:44 pm


Sorry to ask an off topic question, but is the contact email on your web page ( working? I recently sent an email there.



eszter 02.18.05 at 7:00 pm

Yes, Monica, it works. Apologies (to others as well!) for being behind in correspondance.

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