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One of the most famous spot in Budapest, the Fisherman's Bastion

Mathias Church on the Castle Hill of Budapest

No visit to Budapest is complete without a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion. It is located in the 1st district on the Castle Hill. Supposed to be one of the most famous spot of the city. Even if you only have a couple of days for Budapest, this is a place where you should go. The wall that is parallel to the Danube is approximately 140 meter long. It's stone towers symbolizes the Seven chieftains of the Magyars.


The Bastion has been built between 1895 and 1902 in Neo-Romanesque style, according to the plans of Frigyes Schulek. It's name implies that this part of the Castle has been protected by fishermen's guild in the Middle Age. After the bombing of the second world war the towers needed to be restored. These restorations were carried out by the son of Frigyes Schulek, John Schulek in 1947 and 1948. Since it was already a part of the protected sites of the city, it has been prioritized in the works. The Fisherman's Bastion is the part of the world heritage sites since 1987.

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Fishermen in general brought their products to the market next to the Mathias church, but if it was needed they armored themselves and protected the area as well. Due to it's position, it has alway been a collision zone since the Turkish era. Nature and bullets both destroyed the Bastion from time to time and sooner or later it needed to be restored. As soon as the Mathias church was done, Frigyes Schulek and his group started the constructions. The whole area was ready in October 9, 1905.

Fisherman's Bastion and King Saint Stephen's statue on the inner square

King Saint Stephen's ( Hungarian: Szent István király ) statue on the middle of the inner square makes the view perfect. According to the original constructions there must have been a covered hall built around the statute, but due to lack of money they left the statute uncovered. The statue was made by a Hungarian sculptor called Alojs Stróbl, who made the statue from 1898 to 1903.