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Saturday 27 September 2014

The Fisherman and the Saint

The Fisherman's Bastion is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Budapest. The construction of the Bastion started in 1895 and was completed in 1902. It was built as part of the series of developments to commemorate the 1000th year of the Hungarian state.



The seven towers of the Bastion symbolise the seven Hungarian chieftains who led their tribes to settle down in Hungary until the present day.


The statue of St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary, was put there since 1906. The Fisherman's Bastion and this statue form a historical monument of the modern day Hungary.


The Fisherman's Bastion was built in conjunction with the restoration of the Matthias Church (Church of Our Lady) nearby. The Bastion not only embraces the church but also serves as an enhancement to the church's surrounding. It also served as an entrance to the church for the Watertwon (Fishtown) settlement by the Danube River.





The beautiful ground of the Fisherman's Bastion and the building of Matthias Church are not only tourist attractions. The local people make them as premier location for street performance and also outdoor wedding photography.



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