Halászbástya St Stephen

St Stephen @ Fisherman's Bastion (Halászbástya)

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Fishermen's Bastion

This being one of the most charming part of the Buda Castle area, photo taking opportunities are endless. Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style. On the Castle hill and situation on the Buda bank of the Danube river, it dates back to 1895 and 1902 when it was designed and built.

Castle Hill (Várhegy in Hungarian) was the first settle in the 13th century after a Mongol attack that led Buda's citizens to seek a more easily defended neighbourhood. By the end of 14th century, about 8000 residents were already living in Buda. Turkish rule from 1541 til 1686 and during this time, there was a 75-day siege that left Buda in ruins, leaving only 300 people!

And then again in 1849 and 1945, this entire Baroque area came under attack.

Now if you visit it, you can see the seven towers made to represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled around Hungary in 896.

Fishermen's Bastion takes its name from the fishermen who were responsible for defending Budapest during the Middle Ages.

Szent Stephen

In the middle of the square, between the bastion and the Matthias Church, there stands this bronze statue of Stephen the First on horseback, King of Hungary. Being erected in 1906, it has depictions of the king's life. I just love its neo-Romanesque style!

So to get there, you can take bus number 16 from Moskva ter.


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