One of the most amazing things to see in Budapest is the Fisherman’s Bastion along the Danube River. There are seven turrets on the bastion. Can you guess what they stand for?
The seven turrets of the bastion represent the seven Hungarian tribes who settled in the present-day Hungarian lands around 895 AD. In the past, this bastion served as a fortress against invading armies. Most people believe that during the Middle Ages, the Fisherman’s Guild was in charge of protecting this section of the fortress, and that is why it was named after them.
A great equestrian statue of St. Stephen, the first King of Hungary, stands proudly in the middle of the square.
And the spire of the old Matthias Church stretches high in the sky marking its spot along the Danube River. Although this church was not the original one, it is still quite old and was built in the second half of the 14th Century.
Standing here in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion, I feel that somehow I have been transported to another world. Have you ever been in a place that made you feel like that before? Where was it?
Your bastion-climbing friend,