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Gellert and Taban

Ancient superstitions and medieval mysteries surround the areas of Gellért and Tabán. It is believed that Gellért Hill, which rises 140 m (460 ft) on the western bank of the Danube, was the scene of Bishop Gellért’s death. In 1046, he was thrown from the top in a sealed barrel by enraged citizens, for attempting to convert them to Christianity. The hill was later the site of the Habsburgs’ sinister Citadel, which even today evokes a shudder among locals. At the foot of the hill, the luxurious Gellért Hotel and Baths stand as a reminder of a gentler age. For centuries, Tabán was the city’s most bohemian district, filled with numerous ...

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