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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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia24,718 contributions
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, AZ31 contributions
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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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
May 2019
The Fat Policeman statue is about 150m west of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The life-sized bronze (by Illyes Andras, 2008) depicts a rotund policemen in 19th century uniform with number 235 on his belt buckle. His shiny round belly represents the Hungarian love for hearty, heavy foods, such as gulyás (goulash) or lángos (deep fried flat bread). According to popular legend, rubbing his belly will give you good luck in love. The statue is accessible at all times with no entry fee.
Written March 7, 2020
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,126 contributions
Dec 2019
There is hardly a tourist that comes to Budapest (especially for the first time) who does not come to the corner of the street that leads to the main entrance of St. Stephen's Basilica for the purpose of a joint photograph with the statue of the Fat Policeman with his big bright belly.
Legend has it that anyone who strokes the policeman's big, bright belly, plenty of good luck will fall into his lap.
And so almost every day, starting from early morning until late night, a long line of potential photographers are waiting in front of this amazing lovely statue.
Written January 19, 2020
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Gary H
Budapest, Hungary260 contributions
Jun 2020
The rotund policeman, is a delightful, lighthearted sculpture.
He attracts people to his portly image, and possible reflects somewhat in past centuries the image of a majority of those who policed our streets.
He is a cuddly sculpture and the ladies in particular not afraid to wrap themselves around him.
Children are dump founded by his presence and size, which memories will remain with them for years to come.
Bratislava has a wonderful gutter/drain sculpture in it's main square, which like the Fat Policeman attracts enormous attraction and viewing from visitors and tourist.
The Fat Policeman is a somewhat of a icon in this part of the District V, the area we live in this beautiful, majestic and historical City of Budapest, Hungary, and may he remain same for years to come.
Written July 9, 2020
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel37,174 contributions
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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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,644 contributions
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, MD4,290 contributions
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, Spain50 contributions
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
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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