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Dear TE friends,

I broke my Greece series because I would like to show my favourite park which is in my opinion the most beautiful in autumn. It is the Margaret Island in Budapest.
I hope you will enjoy these moods.

Margaret Island (also Margitsziget, Margit-sziget; occasionally Margit Island) is a 2.5 km long island (0.965 km in area) in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest, in the 13th district, between the two city parts, Buda and Pest.
The island is mostly covered by park areas, and is a popular recreational area for tourists as well as locals. The island spans the area between the Margaret Bridge (south) and the 臆p墂 Bridge (north).

Its best-known landmarks are:

the Centennial Memorial, commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the city's unification;
a small Japanese Garden with a mildly thermal fish pond;
a tiny zoo featuring a wide range of exotic waterfowl among other animals;
the "Music Well" (Zen幨ő kt), a small pavilion, which was originally built for open-air concerts (it is close to 臆p墂 bridge);
the "Music Fountain" (Zen幨ő sz闥őkt), a fountain near which music is played and light shows are performed in summer (it is close to Margaret bridge);
an octagonal Water Tower of 57 m (built in Art Nouveau style in 1911, today functioning as a lookout tower and an exhibition hall.
The Music Fountain and the Water Tower are protected UNESCO sites.

The island houses various sports establishments, like the Palatinus water park (the largest open-air swimming complex in Budapest), the Alfr嶮 Haj鏀 sports pool (where the European LC Championships 2006 took place), a tennis stadium and an athletics centre.
Two hotels provide accommodation: the fin de si鋃le Grand Hotel Margitsziget, and the modern Thermal Hotel Margitsziget with thermal spa and various medical services. There is also an open-air theatre accommodating an audience of 3500, and several clubs and restaurants. For exploration and pastime, four-person cycle cars or small electric cars can be rented for use on the area of the island.

History

The ground in the middle of the river was probably first civilized by the Knights of St. John in the 12th century. Among the present historical monuments of the island are the 13th century ruins of a Franciscan church and a Dominican church and convent, as well as a Premonstratensian church from the 12th century. Members of the Augustinian order also lived on this island. The island used to be called Rabbit Island (Nyulak szigete), and it received its current name after Saint Margaret (12421270), the daughter of B幨a IV of Hungary.
The island was dominated by nunneries, churches and cloisters until the 18th century, when it was chosen to be the resort of palatines. It was declared a public garden in 1908.
(Source.Wikipedia and Vend嶲v嫫)

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