Buda? Pest? Which is best?

Vajdahunyad Castle, in Budapest. (vajdahunyadcastle.com)

Vajdahunyad Castle, in Budapest. (vajdahunyadcastle.com)

Commenter Seth Johnson, a Cincinnati photographer whose fine work may be seen here, wonders which side of Budapest, which spans the Danube in Hungary, is better? Buda is old and Pest is … well, not as old, more populous, more cosmopolitan, and perhaps less venerable. Perhaps one is best because from it you can see the other. I have not been to Budapest so I cannot answer Seth’s question. Somehow I get the impression that John Lukacs, author of the passage I’ve quoted in my last three posts, likes Buda best but I’m not sure. I have not asked my in-laws, who are Hungarian and escaped during the uprising in 1956, or my wife, who visited once years ago. I am a quarter Hungarian myself, but that entitles me to no special knowledge of the matter, only a special yearning to know, and to go.

So, if any reader has an opinion about whether Buda or Pest is best, or better, or worse, or maybe equal, please send it (your opinion) here. Thank you!

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to Buda? Pest? Which is best?

  1. sethsnap says:

    Yes, waiting to read the comments.


  2. Lewis Dana says:

    Surely you meant, “is besht”?


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