Friday, June 20, 2014

Budapest - Fisherman's Bastion

Date of visit: 10th April 2014

The “Halaszbastya” or Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the top Budapest attractions without a doubt. Their lovely lookout towers/decorative fortification of Fisherman’s Bastion were built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower for the best panoramic views in Budapest, Hungary. Needless to say, there used to be real castle walls where now you can take fantastic photos from, but the structure today has never served as an actual fortification in Buda. A visit to Budapest without taking photos at the bastion would not be complete.

The following are facts about the Fisherman’s Bastion, in brief:-
  •          Built from 1895 to 1902
  •          It looks similar with the logo of Walt Disney films, only nicer and older
  •          Open all year round, day and night
  •          Entrance fee: free balconies combined with fee paying top turrets
  •          7 turrets to represent the 7 Hungarian tribes who founded the present day country in 895
  •          There’s cafe on its terrace
  •          Chapel inside the Fisherman’s Bastion Budapest (open from March 2013)
  •          Protected by the guild of the fishermen during the Middle Ages, hence the name

The views from the Fisherman’s Bastion well deserve their own special tower atop the Buda Castle Hill, as not only the Buda Castle but also the river views and the Danube river front sights are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace constructed 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. Between 1947–48, the son of Frigyes Schulek, Janos Schulek, conducted the other restoration project after its near destruction during World War II.

From the towers and the terrace a panoramic view exists of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east and the Gellert Hill. 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 that 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.

A bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906, can be seen between the Bastion and the Matthias Church. The pedestal was made by Alajos Strobl, based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek, in Neo-Romanesque style, with episodes illustrating the King's life.

It was featured as a Pit Stop on the sixth season of American TV show The Amazing Race. To end this entry, I would like to share my 2 photos snapped by Anne using her camera with a wrong date set on it. Hope you guys will get some enlightenment reading this entry whilst enjoying all the views of us in the photos.

It was King Stephen I of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906 at the background of this photo

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