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Halászbástya Budapest Reviews
The view from the Fishermen's Bastion Sep 29, 2011
The Fishermen's Bastion, or Halászbástya, overlooking the Danube appears a lot older than it really is. It was designed by Frigyes Schulek in 1895 and is in a combination of Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romanesque styles. The Fishermen's Bastion opened in 1902 as a public terrace. It was dedicated to medieval Guild of Fishermen, hence the name, but has never been a fish market or anything but a scenic overlook. (Well, there once was a medieval fish market in a nearby square.)
What a scenic overlook! The terraces on Castle Hill overlook the Danube River and Pest providing magnificent views.
When here, note the seven towers with cupolas. They represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled what is now Hungary in 896. (The Fishermen's Bastion was one of the Millennial Celebration projects of the 1890s.) The round cupolas represent Magyar nomadic tents.
Adjacent to the Bastion is a statue of St. Stephen (King Stephen I of Hungary, d. 1038) installed in 1906. He was the the first King of Hungary (1000–1038) and established Christianity in the Carpathian region.
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