Fisherman Bastion - Halaszbastya, Budapest

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    STATUE OF KING STEPHEN 1ST

    by balhannah Written Apr 19, 2014

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    I love equestrian statues and here in Budapest I found many beauties! One I found that really impressed me, was located between Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion.

    Standing atop a massive white ornate pedestal, is the bronze statue of the first christian king of Hungary, St. Stephen. He is shown mounted on a beautifully sculpted horse, complete with ornate saddle-cloth.
    Built in Neo-Romanesque style, this pedestal isn't plain, but is decorated on each side with episodes illustrating the King's life. Impressive Lions guard the King and some ugly faces!
    A very beautiful Statue!

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    HISTORICAL STATUES @ FISHERMAN'S BASTION

    by balhannah Written Apr 19, 2014

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    I was at the Bastion and about to proceed down one of the ceremonial wide stairs to make my way down hill to the Danube River. There are actually a pair of stairs which provide an impressive entrance to the Castle Hill attractions and the Fisherman's Bastion.
    What I didn't expect to find, were historical statues in the alcoves of the arched entrance way. There is a Statue of John Hunyadi, of St George Piercing the Dragon (the replica of the 15th century statue in Prague), and the 10th century soldiers guarding the gate (at the top of the stairs, under the arch). There are three on each side.
    These statues were in bad repair but have now been restored to their former glory and are worth seeing.

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    BUDAPEST PANORAMA

    by balhannah Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    The Fisherman's Bastion was built as a viewing terrace with lookout towers on the base of the castle walls from the 17-18th century. Rather than building sturdy thick stone walls, the intention was to build a communal panorama terrace, where the locals could come and enjoy! It was meant to be like a fairy tale, feel like history rather than be history - It sure is!

    The Fisherman’s Bastion is where I came for wonderful views over Budapest. Buda Castle has great views too, only over a different part of Budapest, so I suggest going to the terraces there, and to the ones here at the Bastion.
    Nearly all the balconies and cloisters are FREE OF CHARGE, the only Admission fee is to one of the Towers - if you wish to go higher! I didn't do this as I felt there was no need. If you wish, put your money in the turnstiles [approx. 2 euro] and you will be able to climb the tower.

    Wonderful views are had of the river Danube with its promenade, the Chain Bridge, the Hungarian Parliament, the Castle Hill, the Gresham Palace, etc.
    At night, there is a special flood light around the Fisherman’s Bastion making the sight even more dramatic.

    OPEN ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT

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    FISHERMAN'S BASTION

    by balhannah Updated Apr 19, 2014

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    A Bastion that looks like a fairy-tale Castle, certainly different to other Bastions I have seen.
    It turns out, the castle-like Fisherman's Bastion was built in 1905, mainly for decorative purposes.

    The Bastion was built on the site of an old rampart. In the Middle Ages, this rampart was defended by the guild of fishermen who lived nearby in "Water town" at the foot of the hill. It was also the location of an old fish market in medieval times, so the name "Fisherman's Bastion" was chosen.

    The beautiful white-stone Bastion is built in a combination of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque architecture. It has seven towers, each one symbolizing one of the seven Magyar tribes, that in 896, settled in the area now known as Hungary. There is a Chapel inside the Fisherman’s Bastion and a monumental double stairway, decorated with reliefs of coats-of-arms and various motifs. This connects the bastion with the streets below.

    People were enjoying a drink at the Café on the terrace, what a lovely spot with great views over Budapest.

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    Obviously for the views.

    by breughel Updated Jan 4, 2014

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    The term "bastion" made me first believe that I would see a military fortification. There is nothing like that "the Fisherman's Bastion - Halászbástya " looks like a fairytale castle. This may explain its success among tourists.
    Now if you fear to see here on the Buda hill something like the Castle of Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland set your mind at rest this neo -Gothic construction is not ugly, the Fisherman's Bastion is even romantic.
    It was built around 1900 along with the renovation of the adjacent Mathias church on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. After it's near destruction during World War II it was restored.
    The Bastion consists of six white stone towers with stairways and corridors with multiple openings overlooking the Danube and its bridges, the Parliament, St Stephen's Basilica and all of Pest.
    On the right there is a restaurant with terraces open from 10 am

    I think this is the first monument that any tourist arriving on Buda hill visits.
    Obviously the Fishermen's Bastion is visited for the views but it is better to look towards the Danube and Pest as the back is overlooked by the modern facade of the Hilton, a punch in the eye!

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    Little Castle

    by Odiseya Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    Fisherman Bastion is absolutely beautiful little castle from a dream. I was very interesting to visit this popular place and it is beautiful then on photos for my opinion.
    Thanks to the vision of Frigyes Schulek, the author this monument was build built between 1895 and 1902.

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    My favourite spot at Budapest

    by Turska Written Oct 14, 2013
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    I love the Fishermans bastion. I like how it looks (for some reason it brings Gaudi to my mind, even if it´s not anything "grazy looking") and there is great view to see and to take photos from up there. And take photos of the bastion itself. It´s like a fairytail place. I have several photos of it from both of our trips. Maybe we will even visit again at our next trip at february. And it is free, so you can visit it without loosing any money.
    But maybe you will loose some money to the cafes or other places close to it anyway. But still it is cheap. at least if you are a Finn!

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    Fisherman's Bastion

    by shavy Written Aug 31, 2013

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    It offers stunning views of Budapest especially of the Danube and the Hungarian Parliament admire the bastion from the small square that divides it from the Mathias church
    Enjoy the picturesque views of Parliament and the Danube from the lower deck that is accessible free of charge if you fancy having a coffee while enjoying the incredible view we recommend visiting the small terrace café on the upper deck

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    Equestrian statue of King Istvan

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 2, 2013

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    St Stephen (Szent Istvan)

    Istvan was King of the Hungarians from 1000-1038. He established Christianity in Hungary and is generally recognized as the first king of Hungary. During his reign towns and cities were expected to build churches, foreign priests were invited to help with Christianizing. He further consolidated Hungarian (Magyar) rule over the Carpathian Basin. By means of war and adroit diplomacy, Istvan extended Hungarian influence significantly.

    His feast day (since he is a Saint) is August 20, which is a national holiday in Hungary.

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    Magnificent View

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 2, 2013

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    Fisherman's Bastion is understandably one of the most popular sights in Budapest. It is the large terrace complex right below the Matyas Church on the Buda side of the Danube.

    Supposedly it was built to honor the contributions of the Fisherman's Guild in defending the city. Another story I heard was that it was named because there had been a large fish market nearby. Others argue that the naming had little do with any of these. It was built in neo-romanesque/neo-Gothic style in 1895.

    The views from Fisherman's Bastion are some of the finest views in the city. It is usually mobbed with tourists but its well worth a visit. Great pictures from here of the city and especially of the Parliament.

    note- there is no disabled access.

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    fisherman’s bastion

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012
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    The Fisherman’s Bastion(Halászbástya) is a castle like structure that was built in 1905 in neo-gothic and Romanesque style for decorated purposed by Frigyes Schulek, the architecture that reconstructed Matthyas church. There are many parapets, climbing stairways and numerous turrets that will give you lots of great pictures if you manage to avoid other tourists :)

    There are seven different towers symbolizing the seven Magyar tribes but the most interesting thing here is the view over the city. The name seems weird in this Disney like structure but this was where the fish market was taking place during medieval times.

    There’s an entrance fee to climb up the stairs (free later in the evening)

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    Lovely terrace in Buda

    by Jefie Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    Fishermen's bastion is one of Budapest's most picturesque sites and quite possibly one of the best places to go if you're looking for that one spot where to take pictures from. It offers some of the best views of the city and its seven Neo-Romanesque towers create a faily tale-like atmosphere. It was designed as a monument to the Guild of Fishermen and built over the old defensive walls of Buda in 1895 by Frigyes Schulek, shortly before he began his restoration work on Matthias Church. In the old days, Budapest's fishermen would walk up to the Castle District from their residence in nearby Vizivaros to sell their catch in the church's square. There's a walking path that connects all the towers and a lovely cafe. It's completely worth paying the admission price, but don't forget your camera!

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    Fisherman's Bastion

    by hungariangirl896 Written Aug 22, 2012

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    The Fisherman's Bastion is an interesting site in the castle district of Budapest. It dates from the late 1800s, but has undergone some restorations during the 20th century. The seven "tents" of the Fisherman's Bastion stand for the different Hungarian tribes who came there. It's a very nice place to stroll at any time of day or year. It offers amazing views of the city and the Danube and is very romantic. The nearby Stephen I statue is very ornate. This is also a great place for photos.

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    Very impressive

    by Ilney Written Jan 20, 2012

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    The view of Pest that we have from the Bastion is the most beautiful you can imagine.
    The Parlament along the Danube, the Danube itself and all the buildings giving shape to that big city was an unforgetable scene, specially at night.

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    Buda - Halaszbastya, Fishermen's Bastion

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 20, 2011

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    Halaszbastya

    This section of the rampart of the old wall faces Pest.
    The Fishermen's bastion is located above the fishermen's village of olden times and a fish market was still being regularly held beside the church in the 1830s-hence the name of the bastion.
    After defeating the Hungarians in the 1848/1849 War of Independence, the Government of Vienna had all the bastions on Castle Hill pulled down. The present terraced promenades were built on their old foundations in the beginning of the 19th century. With its five neo-Romanesque roofed towers and a sixth, multi-level main tower, all in white limestone, the Fishermen's Bastion is a fine vantage point.

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