A Castle in the Sky

A Castle in the Sky

In reality, it's not actually a castle but a bastion, the Fisherman's Bastion. It's also not in the sky but it is up a hill. Why it was up to the fisherman's guild to defend this most important hill in Buda, I'm not sure, but it was. There used to be a fish market here and perhaps the idea was that, if the fishermen would be hanging out here anyway, they could at least protect the place while they were at it.

Their watch was during the middle ages and during this time both the Tartars and the Turks occupied and destroyed both Buda and Pest. Whether the good fishermen didn't do their job or had nothing to do with these defensive failures is not known to me but the bastion wasn't built until around 1900. I'll let you decide if this is a case of a very belated thank you or a thanks for nothing.

Either way, the windows in the showy, castle-like facade give you unobstructed views of the Danube and the Pest half of the city. It's also more or less right across the river from the gigantic legislature. Both are worth the climb up the hill to get here not to mention the various other attractions available in the Castle District.

My other photographs from Budapest can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type: 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length: 116 mm
35mm Focal Length: 174 mm
Exposure: 1/100 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 140


Taken: 2011-08-05 14:09:16
Posted: 2013-02-14 | 21:22





A Castle in the Sky

A Castle in the Sky

In reality, it's not actually a castle but a bastion, the Fisherman's Bastion. It's also not in the sky but it is up a hill. Why it was up to the fisherman's guild to defend this most important hill in Buda, I'm not sure, but it was. There used to be a fish market here and perhaps the idea was that, if the fishermen would be hanging out here anyway, they could at least protect the place while they were at it.

Their watch was during the middle ages and during this time both the Tartars and the Turks occupied and destroyed both Buda and Pest. Whether the good fishermen didn't do their job or had nothing to do with these defensive failures is not known to me but the bastion wasn't built until around 1900. I'll let you decide if this is a case of a very belated thank you or a thanks for nothing.

Either way, the windows in the showy, castle-like facade give you unobstructed views of the Danube and the Pest half of the city. It's also more or less right across the river from the gigantic legislature. Both are worth the climb up the hill to get here not to mention the various other attractions available in the Castle District.

My other photographs from Budapest can be found in the gallery.

Show this photo on a map ✈

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Camera: NIKON D80
Lens Type: 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Focal Length: 116 mm
35mm Focal Length: 174 mm
Exposure: 1/100 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 140


Taken: 2011-08-05 14:09:16
Posted: 2013-02-14 | 21:22


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