Buda Castle Gate in Budapest, Hungary

The most frequently used entrance to Buda Castle and the Hapsburg Steps is through this ornamental gate. Although you will be in a hurry to start exploring the Royal Palace, take a moment to examine the gateway’s ornate reliefs. On the left is a bronze sculpture. At first glance, it appears to be an eagle in flight. It is a mythical bird called Turul. According to lore, this giant falcon is god’s messenger and sired the birth of the Hungarian Árpád dynasty of kings. The Turul is also Hungary’s national symbol.

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Budapest, Szent György tér 2, 1014 Hungary

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