Archival Views of Budapest

Hero's Square in Budapest, 1939

Hero’s Square in Budapest, 1939

Peeking into the Open Society Archives, there is a fantastic online collection, Fortepan, of amateur Hungarian photography beginning in 1900 and going through 1990. You can search through the years along the timeline, and basic source information is provided where it exists. These glimpses into the past seem all the more fresh because they are amateur photographs. Compare the Hero’s Square above to today’s version, or the current view of Castle Hill from the Chain Bridge.

1945 view toward Castle Hill

1945 view toward Castle Hill

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