Photographer's Note

The new Fishermen's Bastion was erected between 1895 and 1902 on the foundations of 18th century castle-walls to replace an old stronghold. The neo-Gothic construction dominates the Budapest skyline.
Schulek emphasised the hefty tower that juts out towards the Danube, and raised new towers on the northern and southern bastion sections. Between them he created a large row of ornamental stairways which today bears his name; the main stair is laid with marble. The craftsmanship of the column heads, harmonising with the water-spouts and face-work, succeed in creating homogenous and engaging images from close quarters and at a distance.
In the middle of the Bastion's courtyard stands a statue of King St Stephen (Szent István király), and, at the foot of the Bastion, a statue of János Hunyadi was a gift from Franz Joseph. Hunyadi was the general who defeated the Turkish troops at Nándorfehérvár (Belgrade), and the father of the renaissance King Matthias (Mátyás király). A copy of the statue of St George in Cluj Napoca/Kolozsvár can also be seen at the foot of the bastion. The original Fishermen's Bastion was named after the fishermen's guild that in medieval times was ordered to protect the stronghold.

The Castle district

Several buildings in the Castle District are important in their own right, for example, Matthias Church; the office of the president of the republic in the Sándor Palace, in front of which there is a change of guards each midday to the accompaniment of music; and, of course, the Royal Palace, home to national collections and museums.
The Castle District's town houses with their courtyards, ground floor wings, gateways with sediles, and cellars with dried-up wells all conjure up the atmosphere of the wealthy Buda of the long-gone Middle Ages. It is well worth taking a peek into most of them. Running the length of the District's western side, Árpád Tóth Walk invites you to take a stroll with its quietness, its attractive landscaping, and its beautiful view over Buda. However, the scenery to the west cannot beat that of the eastern side, where the view over Pest and the Danube belonging to the World Heritage Site opens up from the Fishermen's Bastion and the Palace Square.

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Additional Photos by George Rumpler (Budapestman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8900 W: 3 N: 20435] (82620)
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