Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fishermen's Bastion - Budapest

Raquel has been to Budapest last April and i hope i can visit the city too one day. 
I've a few cards from Budapest and i'm glad Raquel sent me this one, because since i've joined postcrossing, i've been waiting to receive a card from this place. I finally got it. 

The bastion is located right behind the Matthias Church in the Castle District. It is one of the city's biggest tourist draws and functions as some sort of ornate viewing platform. 
The Fisherman's Bastion was built at the site of an old rampart that, during the Middle Ages, was defended by the guild of fishermen, who lived nearby in Vízívaros (watertown), at the foot of the hill. Thus the name of the bastion. An old fish market also sat at this location during medieval times.

Designed by architect Frigyes Schulek and built between 1899 and 1905, the white-stoned Fisherman's Bastion is a combination of neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque architecture and consists of turrets, projections, parapets, and climbing stairways. 
The bastion is made up of seven towers - each one symbolizing one of the seven Magyar tribes that, in 896, settled in the area now known as Hungary. The structure looks straight out of some fairy-tale and conjures up thoughts of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. Still, it seems to be in sync with the style of the Church of Our Lady and nicely complements the church, which was the intention of the architect. 
A monumental double stairway, decorated with reliefs of coats-of-arms and various motifs, connects the bastion with the streets below. - in:

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