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Beside several drawbacks the night photos have also some advantages: the warm lights of the lamps can produce a pleasant atmosphere (despite the really unpleasant conditions due the cold wind in this case) and concentrate the attention on the most important objects by leaving the other parts in darkness.

The shot was taken from the Petőfi Bridge (click on the map function) from which point you can see many famous spots of the right bank, i.e. Buda.
Starting from the left you can see Hotel Gellιrt, once the most elegant hotel and spa of Budapest, that hosted many foreign aristocrats, politicians and other celebrities in the 20th century.
The Liberty Statue on the top of the mount was designed by Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strσbl and erected in 1947 in remembrance of the liberation of Hungary from Nazi forces by the Soviet Army during World War II. It is one of the very rare examples of Soviet liberation monuments that were not removed after 1990, although now with a modified inscription: "To the memory of all of those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and success of Hungary."
In the middle of the picture you find the complex of the Royal Castle, a closer photo of which you can find here.
Finally the two bridges: the closer one illuminated with bluish light is the Liberty Bridge built between 1894 and 1896 and opened by King Franz Joseph, the more remote one is named after his wife Queen Elisabeth, a popular queen and empress of Austria-Hungary, who was assassinated in 1898. The original suspension bridge was built between 1897 and 1903 and, along with many other bridges all over the country, was blown up at the end of World War II by retreating Wehrmacht sappers. The currently standing slender white cable bridge was built on the very same location between 1961–1964.

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