Designed by the architect Frigyes Schulek between 1895 and 1902, the Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the places you have to visit when travelling to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. The Hungarian name for the Fisherman’s Bastion is virtually impossible to pronounce for those who are not familiar with the language, Halászbástya, but its beauty is something that is within anyone’s grasp.
The Bastion is one of the best miradors in the city. Not only because of its original architecture or because of the enviable surroundings, but because it is the best vantage point for taking in the beauty of Budapest, particularly the Parliament, Margaret Island on the Danube, and the Chain Bridge.
The Bastion is made up by 7 towers representing the 7 Magyar tribes that became established in the area in 896, founding the cities of Buda and Pest. The name comes from the fact that a group of fishermen were entrusted with defending the city walls in the Middle Ages. Alongside the building there is a statue of King Stephen I on horseback. The spectacular Matthias Church is located alongside the bastion. When visiting Budapest, make it a point to visit this area of Buda.
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