Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya)

Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya) (9)

If you have ever been to Disneyland, the romantic image of the Fishermen’s Bastion will probable remind you of the mythical castle in the ´Sleeping Beauty`. You will find it located in front of ´Matthias Church` on the eastern side of ´Castle Hill`. Most people think that it is a very old building but it was in fact built in the year 1905.  

It is made up of seven very white, conical towers that are meant to represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the ´Hollow of the Carpathians` at the end of the 9th Century. What’s more, it gets its name because it is the site for what was originally a fish market. 

Historically, this place has held fascination and produced strong reactions due to the livid imagination of its architecture, ensuring that it is often described as a pastiche. However, it is also a privileged spot from where you can enjoy one of the best views over Pest and the river Danube. 

In addition, the street in which the bastion stands is also home to a bronze statue of John Hunyadi, a soldier who fought the Turks in the 15th Century. There is another here too of Saint George.

This district is full of souvenir shops and street stalls which, though far from having the cheapest prices in the city, are ideal places to buy something to remember your holiday by.

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