Within the wake of the Balkan battle quite a few books and movies got here out chronicling what is going to hopefully be the final ethnic cleaning in Europe. The just lately launched Balkan-themed movie, Within the Land of Blood and Honey, was directed by UN goodwill ambassador and occasional movie star Angelina Jolie. When misunderstandings and political maneuverings discovered the movie barred from places in Serbia and Bosnia, Jolie turned to Hungary for authentic-looking places.
Filmed in 2011 in places that included ever-changeable Budapest and the quaint, ignored city Esztergom, the romantic drama chronicles an affair between a Serbian man and Bosnian girl who stood on reverse ends of the battle.
Esztergom, an embattled city crammed with historic significance and various architectural kinds, was a superb alternative as a stand-in for the Balkan places. It’s a little-known truth overseas that Esztergom was the capital of Hungary from the tenth to the mid-Thirteenth century. As such, it’s loaded with historic sights. Firstly is the Danube, which winds round Esztergom, separating Hungary from Slovakia. The perfect view is from the Basilica, located on high of a hill within the middle of city. The construction radiates historical past, and was such a outstanding a part of regional non secular tradition that Ferenc (Franz) Liszt wrote The Mass of Esztergom to commemorate its opening in 1869.
Additional enhancing its attraction as a Balkan substitute, Esztergom has one of many few mosques in Hungary, and, certainly, an Orthodox church based by Serbian settlers again in 1770. The Öziçeli Hacci Ibrahim Djami Mosque is 400 years outdated, and although small, provides an Ottoman really feel to the cityscape. After the Turkish have been pushed from Hungary, it was used as a granary, earlier than falling into disrepair (although the images point out that it could have undergone a latest renovation).
Different stand-out places of curiosity embrace the previous synagogue (now a technical college), the ruins of the fort (bombed in WWII), and the historic streets of Víziváros (Watertown) which, mixed with the hilly fort ruins, look very Balkan certainly. As an space that has been inhabited because the Ice Age, Esztergom has each archeological digs and classical structure.
Within the Land of Blood and Honey could have come and gone from the theaters, however Esztergom stays: a largely untapped location crammed with historic intrigue and classical magnificence.
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