Fisherman Bastion - Halaszbastya, Budapest

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    FABULOUS VIEWS with Music and Drinks

    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jul 30, 2009

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    Enjoy the ambience with the view
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    These bastions on Castle Hill were erected between 1895 and 1902. In the Middle Ages, the fish market was here, and this part of the wall was defended by the fisherman, hence the name

    White limestone was used for construction of the five circular turrets, which are connected by arcaded passages.

    We were delighted our first evening to sit at a cafe' set up with the best views and listen to the roving minstrels, over a drink! STUNNING views and ambience!

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    view from the Bastion and statues

    by 1courage Updated Jun 1, 2008

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    View from the Fishermen`s bastion
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    In the main picture of this tip, you can see the view from the Bastion to the South.
    The other pics are as follows:

    2. Equestrian statue of Saint Stephen, Hungary`s first king. Work of Alajos Stróbl (1906)
    3. Monk Julianus. The statue represents the monastic, who went by foot to search the old land of the hungarians, Magna Hungaria, and the hungarians that remained there in Middle Asia. This all occured in the XIII. century, when he, with his friend, who died because of the scourges of this long trip, walked towsands and towsands of kilometers. This composition is work of the sculptor, Károly Antal (1937)
    4. The monument of Hunyadi János, father of king Matthias. Work of István Tóth. (1903)
    5.Statue of Saint George. The original of this sculpture was made by the hungarian Kolozsváry brothers and you can find it in Prague. This was a gift of King Matthias to the czech king. This one, you see on my image, is a perfect copy of that sculpture.

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    St. Stephen's Statue ( 4 photos )

    by nicolaitan Written Nov 16, 2006

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    This bronze equestrian statue of King St. Stephen fronts the Fisherman's Bastion and is adjacent to Matthias Church. It was sculpted by Alajos Strobl in 1906 from plans by Frigyes Schulek responsible for renovations to the church and for the Bastion. His plans unify the three structures in similar style. The base illustrates episodes in the King's life.

    St. Stephen (975-1038) was a Magyar prince baptized and crowned by St. Adalbert of Prague at age 10. By 1006 he had united all the Magyar clans and became the first king of Hungary. He strengthened the place of Christianity in Hungary and ruled against the use of pagan custom and language. His reign was considered one of several golden eras in Hungarian history but all his children predeceased him and on his death instability returned without a worthy successor.

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    Brillíant view on Pest

    by m-joy Written Dec 19, 2004

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    Fisherman’s Bastion
    This place up on the Buda hill offers a brilliant view on the right side of the Danube with the parliament and some well restored buildings in first row. This complex was built at the beginning of the 20th century only as a viewpoint. It’s called Fisherman’s bastion because the fish-market was near by in ancient times.

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    Fishermans Bastion

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    Fishermans Bastion

    This is a fairytale !

    Honest, the bastion looks like Cinderellas Castle!

    Fishermans Bastion comprises of no less than 7 towers, each of these are dedicated to Magyar tribes that lived here.

    It offers great views across Budapest.

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    Magnificent View

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 2, 2013

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    View from Fisherman's Bastion
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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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    Nice Vista Point

    by RhineRoll Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Maren on one of the Bastion's many balconies

    There are people placing the Fisherman's Bastion into the "Tourist Trap" category only because it was built for purely ornamental reasons and serves very little other purposes. In my opionion, this is a bit too strict a point of view. It's a great lookout spot and considerably less ugly than the Hilton complex behind it.

    Wheelchair access to the ground level if you are approaching the Bastion from the Varhegy (Hilton) side... all other sides have a lot of steps.

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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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    Fishermen's Bastion (Halaszbastya)

    by Heniko Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    The Fishermen's Bastion (designed by Frigyes Schluek) is made up of seven round towers - each one symbolising the seven Magyar tribes that effectively gave rise to the nation a thousand years earlier.

    Almost fairytale like in appearance, its decorative white rampart and flowing staircases stretch alongside the eastern front of the Matyas Templom. According to tradition, the area directly behind the church housed a local fish market during medieval times - hence the name of the Bastion. During the 18th century, the Guild of Fisherman are also said to have traditionally defended this part of the castle wall.

    The glorious views of Parliament and Pest beyond are simply breathtaking. In fact, there's arguably no finer place in Budapest to propose to your nearest and dearest, or go for a romantic stroll on a warm summer's night!

    In previous years, the area directly opposite the entrance to the Matyas Templom was also chock-full of stalls selling Hungarian lace and other traditional souvenirs. These have since been relocated further afield towards the Royal Palace at Disz t?r. However, local artists still beckon tourists to sit for caricatures, which curiously enough, all finish up with the same exaggerated facial features.

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    Fishermen's Bastion

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 9, 2005

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    Fishermen's Bastion and statue

    The Fishermen's Bastion was built in 1905 where fishermen once held their market. It looks like a white defensive wall with some towers - although it was not built for defensive purposes but for celebratory ones (to celebrate the millennium). In front of the Bastion, in the little square, there's a large bronze statue of Szent Istvan (Saint Stephen)on a horse, and right by it, there's neogothic Matias church. The Fishermen's Bastion is also a great look-out place over the Danube, as well as a well-known location for having ones' wedding photos taken.

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    Fishermans Bastion

    by stevemt Updated Apr 24, 2007

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    Fishermans Bastion from the Danube
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    The Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896.

    The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen which was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages. It is a viewing terrace, with many stairs and walking paths.

    The views from here are fantastic, looking out over the grey Danube (no it is NOT blue these days.)

    Its a great place to wander around and be casual, visit the church, sit in the sun and read a book, have a beer and so forth.

    When I was there I entered the church to have a look round and to my delight there was a sung mass in progress. The mass was sung acapella (un-accompanied) and was one of the highlights for me of the visit, it was superb.

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    Fisherman bastion

    by Raimix Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    The fishermen bastion is a nice place in Budapest near the Matthias church and more historical building in Buda district. The bastion was built in 1902 and from there you can see nice views of Pest with Parliament house, Cathedral.

    By the way, another beautiful panorama can be seemed from yards of Buda castle.

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    Halabastya

    by IngaA Written Jan 31, 2004

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    Halabastya is Fishermen bastion in Hungarian. the bastion is not mediebval despite his look. It was built to protect the royal palace area from the possible sieges but indeed never served its goal. Got its name due to Queen Erzsebet (Elisabeth) who paid a tribute to Fishermen who once helped to protect the city.

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    The Fishermen Bastion

    by Mique Updated Nov 28, 2003

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    Fishermen Bastion

    The Fishermen's bastion is a superb piece of architecture and design. With all the stairs, turrets and the white stone it fitts easily into a fairy tale..

    During the day you have to pay en entrance fee to get onto the bastion. But after dark you can go up for free..

    Under the arches of the Bastion there is a cafe where you can have a cup of coffee and enjoy the sight of the city at your leisure. Unfortunately it can be quite windy there..

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    Halaszbastya

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 9, 2005

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    Halaszbastya

    Halaszbastya is a very strange building that you can find behind the Matyas templom. It was built in a Neo-Romanic style by Alajos Strobl in 1901-1903 and you can see stairs, towers and balustrades. From these towers you can see a wonderful landscape about the Danube River and on Pest.

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