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Budapest Castle Hill: Fisherman’s Bastion & Matthias Church

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Eastern Europe Day 1 Continues....... Perhaps one of the most splendid sights of Budapest is the Fisherman’s Bastion in Castle Hill.

Budapest Castle District is filled with rich history, and holds Budapest’s most significant medieval monuments and museums. Budapest's tourist attractions such as the Royal Castle, Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion are all located on the Castle Hill, which is recognized as a World Heritage Site.

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Built in 1905 by architect Frigyes Schulekto to serve as a lookout tower, the 100-year-old neo-Gothic Fishermen's Bastion has seven pointed stone towers symbolizing the leaders of the Hungarian tribes who conquered the country in 896. In medieval times, the fish market was nearby and the bastion was built to commemorate the fishermen who protected this part of the city.

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The wide stairs leading up to the Fishermen’s Bastion offer a spectacular entrance to the Castle Hill attractions and to the views of the Pest.

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Overlooking Parliament Building across the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary.

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The most characteristic feature of the Fishermen’s Bastion is the magnificent turrets and white stones; the entire structure is more like a fancy terrace rather than a fortification or a castle wall.

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Statue of St Stephen King at Fisherman's Bastion, who was declared a saint for his efforts in bringing Christianity to Hungary. He carries the apostolic cross with two crossbars – a symbol granted him by the Pope.

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The construction of the Fisherman’s Bastion, along with the restoration and redesign of the Matthias Church was part of the enthusiastic developments of the 1890s in Budapest. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, offering picturesque views.

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Located at the heart of Buda's Castle District, the 700-year-old Roman Catholic Matthias Church is one of the gems of Budapest in neo-Gothic style, embellished with vivid shingles and dainty pinnacles. The Rose windows are reproduction of the original Gothic window by Frigyes Schulek, and the stained glass windows are the finest works of Hungary’s greatest artists of the time, Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely and Mihály Zichy.

Over the centuries, the church underwent several major transformations. During the Turkish occupation it was converted to a mosque, and its walls were whitewashed. After the reconquest of Buda, it was reconstructed in baroque style. Baroque was the trendy architectural style in the 18th century, and many of the historical castle buildings are still good examples of the Baroque fashion on the Castle Hill.

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In the nineteenth century, architect Frigyes Schulek is credited with largely restoring St Matthias Church to its original grandeur. The Church of Our Lady in Budpaest received its present neo-gothic style and was lavishly decorated with frescoes, a technique of mural painting. He also added new motifs such as the diamond patterned roof tiles and gargoyles, which visitors can still admire today.

During World War II, the church was badly damaged. Matthias Church was used as a camp by the Germans and Soviets in 1944-1945 during the Soviet occupation of Hungary. The church was largely renovated between 1950-1970 with funding from the Hungarian government.

If time permits, explore cobblestone streets and feel the medieval vibe as you uncover Castle Hill at your own pace. Fisherman’s Bastion was designed to be a magnificent view terrace to serve as a perfect lookout point in any weather, and also to enhance the beauty of the Matthias Church.

Fishermen's Bastion offers free access to the lower part but you will have to pay for the view from its towers. As for Matthias Church, admission ticket is needed for entry.

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Liberty Bridge of Budapest or Szabadsag Hid in Hungarian connecting the Buda and Pest across the River Danube, with one end at Gellert ter at the foot of Gellert Hill, and the other at Fovam ter with the Great Market Hall.

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Gellert Hill has been listed as a world heritage site, as part of the Banks of the Danube area. Here's a night scene of the illuminated Szechenyi Chain Bridge. I will be back for more of Budapest...........

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  1. So . . . do you feel like being princess or queen when you . . . ok did you actually get the opportunity to get inside? :P

    1. Wow, you're the first to arrive today! How have you been, dear? So glad this has caught your attention. We only got to explore those areas that don't require tickets for castle hill since time is limited as we were on a group tour. Perhaps next time........

  2. What a wonderful city, Shirley, you took great pics... Thanks a lot for sharing :)))


  3. Temptation. Need to get ready my travelling shoes.

  4. You look fabulous, dear Shirley, and I love the church architecture! :)

  5. I love this castle, Budapest is a wonderful city full of history!!!
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  6. Budapest is one of my favorite cites! <333

  7. Great post!

  8. Fantastic pictures my dear, those buildings looks amazing :-)

  9. beautiful photos! dying to visit hungary one day!


  10. amazing place dear..thanks for sharing all these beautiful pics

  11. Una città meravigliosa da vedere!

  12. Amazing photos dear!

  13. Wow! That first pic makes me want to jump on a plane and join you. :-)

  14. Nice photos :)

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  15. The architecture is certainly stunning and impressive in Budapest. I hope to visit and see it in person one day.

  16. The castle is very historical and beautiful!

  17. in my bucket list! thank you for sharing...
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  18. Oh very beautiful pics darling!

  19. Oh my goodness!!! That architecture!!! So lovely!!!!! AWESOME photos! <3 -

  20. Budapest is so beautiful! I adore spending time there.


  21. Darlng:) Just Amazing:) Love the photos
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  22. I have heard a lot about this place
    the patterned roof is aweosme :D

  23. Lovely photos! Great place to visit.

  24. Budapest is truly amazing city!
    Love the photos, the castle is wonderful!

  25. Wow the Budapest Castle Hill and the views are spectacular. Thanks for sharing Shirley and have a fabulous weekend. xoxo

  26. Wow, amazing photos as always. The colorful roof is so fun!
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  27. I have been twice in Budapest and your pictures bring me nice memories.
    Great photos!

  28. It looks magical, Shirley. Thx for sharing these beautiful memories with us.

  29. What beautiful architecture and I love the beige mac you're wearing in these images Shirley! The view when illuminated at night is pretty special too :)

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  30. I'd love to visit Budapest one day! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

  31. Oh my gosh! What a beauty!! Love those architecture and design...and you look lovely in those photos as well.

  32. Wow! Perfect pictures and amazing views!

  33. Beautiful architecture and night scene is stunning.

  34. I didn't know that there's a gorgeous Catholic Church in Hungary; would love to visit it someday. =)

    Sounds like you're having fun traveling, Shirley! ^^ Sorry for the long disappearance, though....

  35. The place is breathtaking, Shirley. Beautiful and serene! ^.^

  36. Your travel log is always so awesome, looking forward to more beautiful pictures and descriptions.

  37. Beautiful city and awesome post. Love reading it :)

  38. What a magical place! I can imagine you as a princess living in this beautiful is fun to travel back in time, isn't it? I love history so I always enjoying reading this kind of posts...As for your photographs, they are spectacular!! Thank you for sharing this with us....I do hope to visit Budapest some day myself....and I really appreciate your sweet comments on my blog.

    hugs and kisses!

  39. Thumb up for the great narration and photos :-)!

  40. You know how much I love historical buildings and these are so awesome & pretty from the characters on the walls up to the roofs.
    Simply beautiful and breathtaking.


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