Statue of St Stephen
Statue of St Stephen
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Neighborhood: District I / Buda
The historical center to a city with a multifarious and intricate past, Buda has some of the most outstanding buildings in Europe and an enviable natural landscape with stunning views onto the Danube. Centered around the Royal Palace, it provides a glimpse into the golden years of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the lives led by the aristocracy at the time. Matthias Church, beside the palace, hosted many events attended by the royal family and was the chosen place for the coronation of Franz Josef, one of the Hungarian Habsburg kings. Having admired the palace and the church, a visit to Buda will be unforgettable by the stunning and memorable panorama over Pest offered by the seven towered Fishermen’s Bastion.
How to get there
  • Batthyány tér • 8 min walk
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  • Carol A S
    Marietta, Georgia4,202 contributions
    Equestrain statue of Hungary's first king
    The southern bastion court of Halászbástya contains a statue of King Stephen I (first king of Hungary, ruled 1001–1038). The statue, depicting the king mounted on horseback in royal regalia, is by sculptor Alajos Stróbl, and was unveiled in 1906. The statue is in the geometric center of the court surrounded by a circular parapet railing. The statue plinth is decorated with reliefs commemorating King Stephen's coronation, introduction of legislative acts, a depiction of Vienna and the Austria-Hungary dualism, and the Halaszbastya bastion construction, where the bearded Schulek (master architect) kneels and presents a model to King Stephen. Above this, six solid, ornate columns support the bronze equestrian statue of the king. The statue of St Stephen is accessible at all ties with no entry fee.
    Written February 20, 2020
  • DuncanTCH
    East Greenbush, New York1,085 contributions
    Lovely statue in a commanding location, but be careful of the construction
    The status of St Stephen in front of the fisherman’s bastion is truely beautiful, both in its construction and in its location. Overlooking the entire area, offering protection and leadership, the statue is lovely and has been perfectly restored. Just be advised that restoration/construction continues all around the statue, so definitely mind your step!
    Written November 11, 2022
  • phat_dawg_21
    Alpharetta, Georgia13,073 contributions
    A Saint on Horseback
    The Saint on horseback is the largest statue in the area surrounding the Fishman’s Bastion. Stephen was the King who united the Magyar tribes to create the country of Hungry. He also established Christianity in Hungry at the beginning of the 11th century.
    Written September 15, 2022
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Enikő S
Budapest, Hungary9 contributions
Feb 2021 • Solo
This statue stands on top of Castle Hill near the Fisherman's Bastion dignifiedly. The first king of Hungary lays his eyes on Matthias. Symbolism hides in the position, as the kings looks away from the Fisherman's Bastion symbolising the past religion and looks towards the catholic church, the future religion.
Written February 15, 2021
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laczkozsu
Debrecen, Hungary1,309 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a must-see attraction if you are near Buda Castle and Halászbástya. The statue is standing in the middle of Szentháromság square so you can't miss it. It is from 1906, the sculptor was Alajos Stróbl. Our first King, St Stephen is wearing the coronation mantle, the crown and he is holding the cross in his hand. The view is fantastic from here, too.
Written March 6, 2020
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6,517 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
You can’t miss this statue in front of the fisherman’s bastion. Bit like Disneyland but the views are amazing. Good way to see the whole area is by the electric ⚡️ mini carts. 10euro each.
Written September 29, 2022
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China153,498 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
One of the things you can see just outside St. Matthias Church is the equestrian statue of St. Stephen, founder of the Magyar state and the first King of Hungary (1000-1038).

This bronze statue was created Hungarian sculptor, Alojs Stróbl in 1906 and features St. Stephen as an old king, mounted on a war horse, holding a reign in one hand and a staff in the other. There is a gold ring around his head, indicative of his saintliness, having been canonised in 1083.

Four lions amongst other nice decor can be found surrounding the St. Stephen Statue. A nice view of the statue with St. Matthias Church in the background can be seen by walking up the Fisherman's Bastion steps, just behind the statue. Here you can see them from a higher vantage point, which is nice for photographs.

Overall, this is a nice statue. Although it would seem more suitable to have it in front of St. Stephen's Basilica instead of St. Matthias Church, we still enjoyed seeing it here, atop Castle Hill. It is nicely situated next to the church and Fisherman's Bastion and is well worth seeing when you visit the attractions in this area.
Written March 31, 2014
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel38,232 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a wonderful statue, located near Matthias church and the Fishermen's Bastion, overlooking the Danube river and Pest, with spectacular views.
Written September 13, 2020
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natalija
Belgrade, Serbia1,388 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
St Stephen was the first Hungarian king, king who united Magyars and establish Christianity in the country. In the king's hand is the double cross, and on its head is the crown, above which is a guilded glory.
Written October 9, 2019
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Rabih SOUAID
Beirut, Lebanon2,212 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
Free.
Visit Duration: 15 minutes.

The equestrian statue dominating the area between St Mattias church and the Fisherman bastion, represents the first king of Hungary seated on a destrier.
In the king's hand is the double cross, and on its head is the crown, above which is a guilded glory.
The bronze equestrian statue from 1906 stands on a high stone pedestal, which is adorned with reliefs illustrating scenes from the king's life:
the coronation, the making of law, the building of a church and the city of Vienna paying homage to the king.
The limestone pedestal is decorated by 4 figures of lions guarding the king

St Stephen was the first king of Hungary and the founder of the Magyar state. King Stephen I united the Magyar tribes and established Christianity in the country at the beginning of the 11th century.
Written February 3, 2019
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steven v
Laval, Canada885 contributions
Oct 2014
This is a must see if you are traveling to Budapest climb the the steps of fishermans Bastian unbelieveable look out over the Danube see learn the true hHistory of Hungary ,as it is displayed learn about st Stephan the hungarian king !! from yound to old everyone will enjoy this attraction !!
Written September 1, 2015
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Mateesescu N
Barlad, Romania202 contributions
Oct 2012 • Solo
A beautiful statue, near the Fisherman's Bastion and Mathias Church.
And, since my name is Stefan (Stephen), here is another reason that I like to make photos with this symbol of Budapest!
Written January 3, 2013
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Cartvale
Prestwick, UK735 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Fantastic area, a good selection of museums, the Hapsburg military is worth the visit. Best to visit before midday, too many tour buses. Good selection of eateries but not cheap
Written May 7, 2022
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