Fisherman's Bastion

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Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya) is one of the most popular places in Budapest. It is situated on The Castle Hill on the Buda side of the Danube. It is a viewing terrace with many stairs and walking paths, that offers a grand panorama of almost the entire city.

Fisherman’s Bastion has the architecture typical for the turn of the centuries. It was built in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles. It was designed and built by Frigyes Schulek between the years 1895 – 1902. The dominant tower is like cut from the fairy tale. There are other seven turrets that represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896.

The name of the Bastion is derived from the medieval ramparts system which rose above the suburb named Fishermen's Town. On the top of that, there also used to be a fish-market behind the ramparts. During the 18th century, the Guild of Fisherman are also said to have traditionally defended this part of the castle wall.

There is a bronze equestrian statue of Stephan I of Hungary erected in 1906 between the Bastion and Matthias Church. The pedestal showing episodes from king’s life was made by Alajos Stróbl according to plans of Frigyes Schulek.
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