The Fat Policeman Statue
The Fat Policeman Statue
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Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
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  • Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út • 5 min walk
  • Deák Ferenc tér • 5 min walk
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,612 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is a fantastic and whimsical statue of a fat policeman - as simple as that.
What makes the statue extremely appealing is his belly, which is probably the most petted belly in Budapest, as everyone believes it would give them good luck.
You cannot and should not miss this iconic little statue while strolling near the cathedral.
Written September 12, 2020
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,764 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Although the sculpture is called "Fat Policeman" on Tripadviser, the real name of the sculpture is "Guardian of Order". Sculptor Illyés Andras executed a life-size sculpture in the form of a Hungarian policeman of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in a characteristic uniform and helmet. A bronze policeman has been standing on Ziniyi Street with a view of St. Stephen's Cathedral since 2008. Tourists use such sculptures for two purposes. Either do a sit-down, or rub something for luck. What should a law enforcement officer rub? A shiny belly signals the preferences of tourists. However, it is believed that happiness brings the visor of a helmet. However, who keeps these statistics?
Written October 5, 2022
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Tessadeco
Tempe, AZ40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
Budapest is covered in statues like this. As our tour guide put it, if you throw a stone in Budapest, you are likely to strike a statue. There isn’t much to say about this attraction, except that it wasn’t erected to honor anyone or commemorate anything, it was simply built as part of a city project to beautify and attract tourists. It is worth a visit, if only to touch the belly of the policeman and chuckle at its pointlessness.
Written June 27, 2022
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CassimaSK
Bicester, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
A great statue to stop by for a few minutes for some positive photos/selfies. You will probably be visiting the area in any scenario as the policeman ('Rendőr') is located on a very popular tourist route - on the way to St. Stephen's Basilica. Don't just go past!
Written January 3, 2023
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Apple C
173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
When walking around Budapest, be sure to note for yourself a large number of interesting sculptures and monuments. Some of them are very memorable and unusual, for example, a monument to a policeman, his colorful figure attracts attention. This life-size bronze sculpture depicts a policeman who calmly observes order and traffic on the street. The famous Hungarian architect Andrasz Elesch created the sculpture of a policeman in 2008.
Written November 19, 2023
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina65,019 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Is his stomach area shiny because a lot of people like rubbing it? Oh yes, they say that rubbing his tummy will bring you good luck. Is he really a fat policeman, or is it a sign that he very much enjoys Hungarian cuisine. Many of my Hungarian friends have similar stomachs. I love Hungarian cooking, and at times my stomach challenges the outer bounds of my shirt. Oh well, I prefer the Hungarian food, even if it decreases my life expectancy.

Since he was unveiled in 2008, he has been standing there guarding St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika)?

No sooner did I say that I have three favourite bronze statues in Budapest than it has changed to four. They are the Little Princess statue, Ronald Regan statue in Liberty Square (Szabadsag Square), and the Fat Policeman on the street leading to the main entrance of St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika), and the monument Imre Nagy, the Prime Minister who together with the vast majority of Hungarians revolted in 1956 against rule by the USSR, and who was executed in 1958.

Way to go Budapest. I love your bronze statues.
Written June 15, 2018
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Sharon M
Abingdon, MD4,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
There are so many interesting statues in Budapest but this one is a stand-out. You could almost walk right by him, not realizing that it is a statue. You can find him near St. Stephen's Basilica at the corner of Oktober 6 and Zrinyl Streets. He is a policeman from the early 1900s, life-size. Some say if you rub his belly, he will bring you good luck. From the looks of the statue, lots of people have already rubbed his belly.
Written April 29, 2016
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Inma C
Granada, Spain51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If you have enough time during your visit to the Cathedral, you can go for a walk and see this policeman. The legend tells that if you touch his belly you wont be fat anymore.

Written March 21, 2020
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BUDI J
Jakarta, Indonesia275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Since our apartment just above this amusing statue so there is no other choice we had to capture him . May be he is guarding the St Stephen’s Cathedral even though the distance is quite far several hundred meters to each other, but every one who passes by will be attracted and will rub his belly consciously or inconciously and then make foto of this fat police man. If you visit the St Stephen’s Cathedral there is a great chance you will meet him.
Written November 22, 2019
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James R
Liverpool78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I loved this statue and it was right outside a terrific restaurant, it was not that busy so taking a picture did not feel daft not that i cared.
Written November 17, 2019
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