Szent Gellért Monument
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Neighborhood: Gellért Hill
If you want to treat your camera to some amazing scenery, Gellért Hill is a must on your itinerary. A funicular journey from the Chain Bridge along the hillsides provides a fast connection between Buda and Pest, hoisting visitors to panoramic vistas. Once on top of the hill, you’ll find the Citadel dominate the landscape with its imposing 19th century construction, a site that’s hard to keep your eyes on without being distracted by the phenomenal view over the Danube and the eight bridges crossing. Once on Gellért Hill however, one mustn’t miss the famous Gellért Baths. Budapest is renown for its thermal waters and its baths, and the Gellért Baths are housed in an impressive art nouveau structure. Its interior design, with its many mosaics, recalls the preceding relationships the city has had with healing springs and saunas, traditionally used within this neighborhood since the Ottoman Empire.
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia24,611 contributions
Jul 2022
Moving from the Erzsebet Bridge to the Buddha, you will see a statue of a monk with an uplifted hand with a cross. This is a gift from her husband Erzhebet (Sisi) Franz Joseph to Budapest, established in 1904. Apparently with a hint of the pagan past of Hungary and the civilizing role of Austria (also pagan in the past, however). The Benedictine monk from Lombardy, Giorgio Sagredo, is known in Hungary as Saint Gellert. As is customary among Christians, Gellert is appreciated for his sophisticated martyrdom. In this he can argue with St. Lawrence or, for example, St. Lucia. After the death of King Istvan, the pagans who returned to power put Sagredo, who by that time had already become Bishop Gellert in a barrel. The barrel was filled with nails and the barrel was derailed by the mountain that now bears the name of Gellert. The composition of the monument consists not only of Gellert, but of two sculptures. Although only the figure of the bishop made by sculptor Gyula Jankowitz is visible from the bridge. At the feet of the saint, the sculptor Aladar Gardosh placed a pagan converted to Christianity. However, the bishop's fate illustrates the ephemerality of this appeal... The entire composition is framed by an arc-shaped arcade designed by architect Imre Franšek. And they also added a waterfall. Against the background of these additions, the main idea is lost and the 7-meter Gellert does not pull for comparison with Christ the Redeemer in Rio. Neither in size nor in execution...
Written October 3, 2022
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OZS_ATW
Budapest, Hungary2,578 contributions
Aug 2020
Szent Gellert Monument is a symbolic place which can be easily spotted when you cross the the Elisabeth Bridge from Pest to Buda.
It is a nice statue overlooking the River Danube.
A must place to visit if you like taking photos! The view is stunning!
Written August 16, 2020
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Livinit.lovinit
Dublin, Ireland548 contributions
Aug 2020
Loved the Gerald of Csanad Monument. Great place the start your hike to the top of the hill and see the Liberty Statue and all the amazing views! If your looking to just get to the Gerard of Csanad Monument it is a much shorter walk than it appears but make sure you go up even a little further as the views are stunning.
Written August 21, 2020
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Rush401
Vienna, Austria788 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
A beautiful statue of st gerard the guardian of Budapest set on a height with a beautiful waterfall get superb view from the top.
Written June 24, 2019
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Ted21117
Southampton, UK206 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
We walked down the hill, through the parks from the Citadella to find this monument. It's impressive and worth taking a walk down to have a look and take a few pictures
Written May 3, 2017
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Michael-4551
Caloundra, Australia4,977 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Visited on Sunday 8th October. This is worth going to and looks amazing at night all lit up and viewed from the Danube River below.
Written December 26, 2017
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia12,126 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
It was quite by accident that we came upon this monument to Saint Gellert, we were on our way down Gellert Hill after a morning of hiking and exploration on the hill. The best place to view this monument is from the road near the Danube or on Elizabeth Bridge, at the monument you only have a side angle view. The significance of the location of the monument is apparently the place that this Venetian Benedictine Abbot was thrown to his death by the very pagan Hungarians that King Stephen had hoped that he could convert to Christianity. A gruesome ending in 1046.
Written August 16, 2017
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX7,006 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Saint Gellert was a Venitian Benedictine Monk who was retained by Hungarian King Stephen to tutor the Crown Prince, Imre. Gellert accepted the task and became an influential counselor to the King and Prince. King Stephen was largely responsible (with his father) for the conversion of Hungarians to Christianity, but insurgents resisting this change captured, tortured and killed Gellert. Legend has it that he was stuffed into a barrel pierced with multiple sharp objects from the outside, then rolled down the hill (currently named Gellert Hill) to fall in the river where he drowned. His martyrdom earned him saintdom. The large bronze statue, work of Gyula Jankovits, stands on a rock on the Northeastern slope of the hill, surrounded by a neoclassical colonnade. While the statue can be seen from many places in Budapest (especially Pest), it is best seen from Elizabeth Bridge. It is easy to access by public transportation and can be approached by a staircase that starts at the bridge, at the bottom of the hill
Written May 11, 2017
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Laura R
109 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Located on a rock among bushes, on Gellert Hill, not quite half way up. The statue is gorgeous and can be seen from the pest side. We approached the statue from Elisabeth Bridge. It is a nice experience to view this scenic spot and recommend to others. At night it’s evening ore interesting when it is illuminated. The walk up to the statue, although easily enough to find, the environment would be more accessible if it was not so dirty with empty bottles and rubbish everywhere.
Written March 27, 2017
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,071 contributions
Jul 2022
You will have a good view of this monument from the Buda end of the Elizabeth Bridge. There are several other statues and monument in this area.
Written September 19, 2022
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