Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest

Europe - Editor - 07 April 2011

Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest

Located on Castle Hill on the banks of the River Danube, Fisherman's Bastion offers some spectacular views of the city of Budapest, Hungary. This is one of the most popular castles with visitors to the city, and it is easy to see why. Designed in a neo-Romanesque/neo-Gothic style by Hungarian architect, Frigyes Schulek, Fisherman's Bastion was built between 1895 and 1902, making it one of the newer castles in this ancient city. Following damage incurred during World War II, extensive repairs were undertaken by the son of the original designer, János Schulek, and visitors today can have the pleasure of exploring its majestic stairways, turrets, projections and galleries.

The seven towers of Fisherman's Bastion are said to represent the seven Magyar tribes that separated from the Khazars in around 862 CE. According to the Hungarian historian known as Anonymus, the chieftains of these tribes are Almos, Elod, Kend, Ond, Tas, Huba and Teteny, however, the validity of this claim, as well as who their various offspring are, is a matter of debate among historians.

The view from the towers and the Bastion terrace includes the Danube River, Margaret Island in central Budapest, Gellert Hill and the flat area of Budapest known as Pest. Fisherman’s Bastion is said to take its name from the group of fishermen charged with the responsibility of protecting that particular area of the city walls during the Middle Ages. Certainly, its strategic position would have given them a view of approaching threats. The Bastion is situated alongside the famed Matthias Church and a bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary upon his horse, which was erected in 1906, stands proudly between these two landmarks. The pedestal upon which the statue stands is engraved with scenes illustrating noteworthy events in the King’s life.

The Matthias church was originally built in 1015, being replaced with the current Gothic-style building in the late 14th century. It had extensive restoration work done on it in the late 19th century under the direction of the architect who designed Fisherman's Bastion. Both the interior and exterior of the church are richly decorated and well worth viewing when visiting this picturesque part of the city of Budapest.


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