It is a good day here in Volendam, I don't have anything to say really. But if you want to read about the city; you can always read here from the last year I visited the place.
Enjoy the pictures after the jump....
Fisherman's Bastion (The Halászbástya) 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 destabilized the foundations of the neighboring 13th century Dominican Church which had to be pulled down. Between 1947–48, the son of Frigyes Schulek, János Schulek, conducted the other restoration project after its near destruction during World War II.
Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 895. From the towers and the terrace a panoramic view exists of Danube, Margaret Island, Pest to the east and the Gellért Hill.
The Buda side castle wall was protected by the fishermen's guild and this is the reason why it was called fishermen's Bastion. Other people say, it got the name from the part of the city, which lies beneath the tower. The guild of fishermen 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.
A bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary mounted on a horse, erected in 1906, can be seen between the Bastion and the Matthias Church. The pedestal was made by Alajos Stróbl, based on the plans of Frigyes Schulek, in Neo-Romanesque style, with episodes illustrating the King's life.
Today our route is basically within the Andrassy Avenue, we took the tram and start to walk towards St. Stephen's Basilica. It is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest. The name is to honor Stephen, the first King of Hungary (975–1038).
It is told that Stephen's right hand is housed in the reliquary, it is said that his right hand is "incorruptible". St. Stephen was the sixth largest church building in Hungary before 1920 and now it is the third largest church building in present-day Hungary.