The Guardian’s list, named ‘Our Europe: 27 things we love about the continent’ is a must-read – one of their writers, George Szirtes talks about Budapest and a beautiful courtyard.
To celebrate Europe, The Guardian’s writers in all 27 EU countries share a favourite place that evokes the spirit of their nation. Budapest is also on their list – writer George Szirtes talks about our capital and ‘Budapest’s beautiful courtyard’.
‘In the heart of Pest there is a small interior courtyard: 10 Magyar utca. You can cut through it by day, proceeding through the quiet Magyar utca gate, stepping over silent wooden cobbles, to the busy Múzeum körút. Built by Miklós Ybl in 1852, four years after the failure of the 1848 revolution and 15 years before the establishment of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the courtyard is an eclectic, beautifully proportioned, faintly Venetian blend of classic and romantic’ – he writes by adding that if Budapest has a humane soul, it is something like this. ‘You breathe differently here. You hope for more’ – he says.