22 February 2016

#1034 Hungary

The Halászbástya or Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902 on the plans of Frigyes Schulek. Construction of the bastion destabilised the foundations of the neighbouring 13th century Dominican Church which had to be pulled down. Between 1947-48, the son of Frigyes SchulekJános Schulek, conducted the other restoration project after its near destruction during World War II.

From the towers and the terrace a panoramic view exists of DanubeMargaret IslandPest to the east and the Gellért Hill.

Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896.

The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages. It is a viewing terrace, with many stairs and walking paths.

It's in the List of UNESCO WHS as a part of Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.

Date of Inscription on the List of UNESCO WHS: 1987

Date of Issue: February 8, 2016 | Year of the Monkey

Thank you, Krisztina !

Sent on: February 16, 2016
Received on: February 22, 2016

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