Gellért Hill

Close to the two previous locations, there is the Gellért Hill. Its height is only 235 meters, and one can climb up it from any point – the paths running to the top are all around the hill.

Legend has it that the hill was named after a Catholic saint who preached Christianity. During the 11th-century revolt, the pagans put him in a barrel with nails and kicked him down the hill.

Today this place is particularly favored by tourists, and we could hardly believe that, up to the 18th century, vineyards and pastures were all that was located here.

In the 19th century, the Hungarians built the Citadella on the top of Gellért Hill. The location that they chose for this strong structure had its own purpose – it was the perfect place to observe and shell Buda and Pest. The length of the entire construction is 220 meters, and its height reaches 15 meters.

We saw chips and potholes on the walls in many places; they appeared here during the Second World War. At that time, the Soviet troops decided to seize the Citadella, which belonged then to German forces, by assault – they covertly came to the building at night and, after a long battle, destroyed the enemies.

As a tribute to this event, the Hungarians erected the 40-meter-long Liberty Statue near the Citadella – it is a woman holding a palm branch above her head.

This sculpture is seen from many locations in the city and initially showed gratitude to the Soviet troops. Nowadays, the statue is dedicated to all those who were killed in action for Hungarian independence.

The northwestern foot of the hill has a beautiful and calm place called the Garden of Philosophy. It is a small area with eight bronze sculptures. Five of them, placed around the miniature Earth, are the founders of the five world religions: Buddha, Akhenaten, Jesus Christ, Abraham, and Lao Tzu. Three other sculptures (Bodhidharma, Mahatma Gandhi, and Francis of Assisi) stand outside the circle.

200 meters from the garden, there is a statue of King Buda and Queen Pest. Buda and Pest, standing over the “abyss”, the Danube, hold out their hands to each other. The buildings behind the Queen’s back are slightly inclined, but this is for a reason – the sculptor wanted to show that the Pest part lies lower than the part of Buda.

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