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nightwatchmen, others say they were used as stalls by broadcloth traders. In total, 63 such niches can now be seen in the Castle Area. The oldest ones, from the 13th century, are finished in a simple round arch; later they were more and more richly decorated. Perhaps there was some kind of competition between the residents of old Buda to have the most beautiful niche. The great attraction of the Castle District lies so much in the unity of the 100 and in discovering it under The Castle Area and Váci Utca place one’s own steam that I was very reluctant

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The walls of the Castle are well preserved nearly everywhere. Except for some short sections, you can take a walk around the top of Castle Hill. The tablets on the walls of the buildings indicate which century they were built (“Sz.” written after Roman numerals signifies century). Tablets also name any previous buildings that stood on the site (Helyén means “on the site of”). Let’s start our walk at the statue of András Hadik and move on to the section that overlooks Buda. If we start from the gate called Fehérvári kapu and head to the round bastion nicknamed the “sour soup bastion” (Savanyúleves rondella), we will be walking where the Buda side promenade was once located. Nowadays, it is fairly quiet. The greatest attractions of the Castle District are its unity and discovering it under one’s own steam. For this reason, I was reluctant to be categorical about laying out the route.

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