Photo of the week 2014 – Week 16

Budapest is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. With the River Danube dissecting it into two distinct sides – Buda with its hills to the west and Pest with its great plain to the east – it is almost as if you have two cities in one.

Anyone walking around the city will marvel at its architecture and its layout. Take Parliament as an example, a building modelled on Westminster in London but built out of white marble; some would argue it is even more magnificent than the original.

Many cities bury its past, but Budapest acknowledges and accepts it, leaving it in plain view for everyone to see.

Dotted around the city are stunning statues such as the Little Princess, a statue sitting on the railings on the promenade of the Danube.

If you are not looking where you are going, you might just trip over a pair of bronze brogues in Budapest, another statue on the banks of the river.

They are a sad reminder of the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away.

Known as Shoes on the Danube Promenade, this world-famous composition, which comprises 60 pairs of metal shoes set in concrete on the Danube embankment, was set up in the year 2005.

Both statues are now seen as symbols of the city.

The best way to experience Budapest is to walk around the city with no aim or purpose. It is only then that you can truly appreciate how beautiful it really is, and you will realise seeing monuments of the past in plain sight will help define the city and the country moving into the future.

What are some of your favourite statues around the world?