Feb 23, 2012

Sights around Matthias Church, Buda Hill

The Buda castle hill is a great place to walk around, many old buildings and sights. The cobblestone streets here are maintained from the medieval times. The view of Danube River from here is the best.

The sight of a raven holding a golden ring attracted my attention and also of many other photographers around. I read later that King Matthias took raven as a symbol for his signet sign. The story behind this choice is that: a raven had carried off the ring which the king had removed from his finger. He chased the bird down, slew him and retrieved his ring. In commemoration of this incident he took raven as the symbol for his signet sign. And the raven is there for centuries, holding the ring in its beak!


On top of the old fortress wall is the Fishermen’s Bastion. It is a recent construction, dating to 1895 – 1902. It is named so because according to customs that existed then, this part of the fort was protected by fishermen’s guild during the Middle Ages. There are seven towers, each symbolizing the seven chieftains who conquered the land for Hungarians.


The statue depicts the first king of Hungary, St. Stephen.


31 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Very nice and good shots.

well done Indrani

Sylvia K said...

A fascinating post as always, Indrani, in addition to beautiful skies and superb captures! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely pictures, the Raven has spent a few years holding the ring, it must be really hard not to drop it.

Vaish said...

Lovely pictures Indrani! that conical structures (Bastion?) is gorgeous. And so is the structure of first king. What a grandeur in that statue!!!

Dhemz said...

oh, how lovely! thanks for dropping by at www.explorerminded.com

Pretty Life Online said...

nice one for SWF, magnificent sight!! Happy weekend! Hoping you can visit my skywatch post.

Carver said...

That's an interesting story about the raven and all the shots are stunning.

NixBlog said...

Lovely shots, Indrani!

PS: I wish you to get to Taj Mahal vey soon. It's superb.

Team G Square said...

NICE TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PLACE

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pics, you are a fount of knowledge. I'm constantly amazed about how much you know about your photographic subjects.

P.N. Subramanian said...

Raven's story is interesting. St. Stephen's statue is superb particularly the ornamentation of the horse.

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Joyful said...

Wonderful! I really like the second photo with the towers and the statue set against the beautiful, summer sky.

Ebie said...

Very interesting read about the raven.

Those towers remind me of the Medieval times.

Leovi said...

I love this series, excelantes shots. Greetings.

FotoAnna said...

So beautiful, Indrani!
I really love it.
Greetings from Holland,
Anna :-))

eileeninmd said...

HI Indrani, interesting bit of history and story. I love the statue and the fort with the towers is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your skies, happy Skywatching!

SueAnn said...

The statue is amazing...the detail...wow!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Arti said...

The pics are fabulous. I especially loved the second one.
Thanks for sharing these Indrani:)

Gattina said...

You start to convince me to visit Budapest ! it's not that far from here.
Beautiful pictures !

Kim, USA said...

I thought it's real! You got me, lol!! Awesome shots Indrani thanks for sharing.

SWF

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.

Regards and best wishes

EG Wow said...

Saint Stephen looks indeed regal upon his stately horse! :)

Cloudia said...

awesome sights!

jewaicious said...

What beautiful images, each one on its own.

Aarti said...

Love the Horse statue.. what beautiful workmanship...

George said...

The story of the raven is interesting -- I had not heard that before. Buda Hill looks like a very fascinating place to visit.

SandyCarlson said...

Wonderful shots. That is some story about the raven. I wonder what it's like to become a symbol of a guy after being slain by him!

Anuradha Shankar said...

lovely post and wonderful story!! coming here after a long time and just catching up with all the posts i missed!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Nice pics of the King & castle. The raven looks so life like !

Sridharan said...

Interesting..!