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The Wonderful Geometry Of Budapest's Spiral Staircases

There's just something magical and mysterious about a staircase that goes around and around, letting you glimpse all the levels above or below. Whether they're perfectly round or other shapes, spiral staircases are beautiful. And Budapest is full of Modernist architecture that includes some stairways to wonder. Here… » 12/08/14 3:00pm 12/08/14 3:00pm

Why Budapest Is Famous For Its Art Nouveau Architecture

The Art Noveau ("New Art" in French) was a popular style of art between 1890 and 1910, known as Jugendstil, Modernisme and Secession. In Hungary it was quite popular; some of the country's most famous architects designed buildings in this style. Some of them were inspired by traditional Hungarian decorative designs,… » 2/11/13 2:57pm 2/11/13 2:57pm

Hungarian toxic sludge kills 4, injures at least 120 — and it may be headed for the Danube

The horrifying, heartbreaking pictures of Ajka, Hungary, look like a natural disaster, like Hurricane Katrina. But they're not. This flooding is the result of a deadly spill from an alumina plant whose reservoir burst open. Warning: dreadfully upsetting photos below. » 10/05/10 12:23pm 10/05/10 12:23pm