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Gellert Hegy

Gellert Hegy
Gellert Hill
#About the Hill Above Budapest

Gellert Hill (Gellért Hegy) is a tall hill above the area of the castle and the city of Budapest, and has a great view of the whole city. The hill, which stands out for everyone day and night, is located in Buda, and is 235 meters tall above the river. It is named after Bishop Gellert, who spread Christianity around Hungary in the 11th century and died as a saint.

The green and lit up hill is identified thanks to the impressive freedom monument at the top of the hill, and is a wonderful viewpoint over the city. Notice how beautiful the Danube river is from here. See the bridges that connect the two sides. Look down the tree covered hill, covering the hill all the way to the bottom. The view in the evening hours is also incredible.

From the side of the city, the statue of Gellert is clearly seen at all hours of the day and night. In the statue, Gellert is seen waving a cross to the people of the city, and around him are columns in a semi-circular shape. The natural stream that comes from the mountain becomes a waterfall in front of the statue, which only makes it a much more impressive sight.

On the hill is also a citadel, a low fortress that the Austrian Habsburg emperors built to strengthen their control over the city's residents, after the Hungarian Independence War (1848-1849).

A Closer Look:

Gellrt Hegy
Gellért Hill Monument
#About the Gellért Monument

We know you see an impressive monument before you, a statue of a man waving a cross. This is the statue of Gellért Hegy, the saint of the city of Budapest. The statue, which stands 140 meters above sea level and is surrounded by a decorative column arch, commemorates Gellért who died in the city while trying to convert the pagans of the young city.

This impressive statue and monument was erected at the beginning of the 20th century by the sculptor Jankovits. He sculpted Gellert as a vigorous man and gave him a great deal of resolve and determination. The statue seems to be waving a cross to the city's inhabitants as proof.

#The Story of St. Gellert

Gellért was the one who spread Christianity in the 11th century. According to Christian tradition, St. Gellért died a martyr. It was when the pagans, whom he tried to persuade to convert to Christianity, pushed him into a barrel and rolled him in a barrel down the hill, straight into the Danube River.

It is important to understand that these were not just pagans who opposed Christianity. They were followers of Paganism, idolatry, which was still accepted in many areas of medieval Europe. They not only opposed Christianity but killed and robbed quite a few Hungarian churches and monasteries of those days. The priests were often burned alive, together with the churches that were set on fire. At the head of the pagan revolt that killed Gellért, there was a nobleman named Vati.

Versions are varied. One legend tells that they pushed him down, in a barbed barrel. Another version speaks of a two-wheeled cart down the mountain, with poor Gellért in it. There are those who say that Gellért did not die rolling down the hill, and when he reached the bottom of the mountain, the pagan crowd attacked him and lynched him with stones and bayonets. Either way, it is was cruel death, for the future of the one to become the saint of the city and one of the most important Christian figures in the history of Hungary.

Gellért's body was then placed in a sarcophagus, which was placed in the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in the city. There are stories about the stone, which according to legend, was the final blow to the cathedral in the city of Hernad, but the cathedral itself was destroyed by the Mongols later in history.
Liberty Statue
#About the Impressive Monument at the Top of Gellert Hill

The Liberty Statue (Szabadság-Szobor) is a particularly impressive monument, displaying a woman in the wind, carrying a branch of a palm tree. The woman's statue, which stands 30 meters high, commemorates the memory of the Russian cavalry from World War II, the same soldiers who fought and conquered Budapest from the Nazis. It was designed by Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl and installed here in 1947 by the Soviet authorities.

After the collapse of the Communist regime in Hungary, there was a public debate about whether or not to remove the monument, which reminded many here of the Soviet oppression. The final decision was to leave the large statue of the large woman holding the palm tree branch, but to remove the statue of the Soviet soldier, which stood at the base of the monument and erased all the statements devoted to the Soviet army. Instead, the Hungarians preferred to write general thanks to "all those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom and prosperity of Hungary."

Historically, by the way, the monument was planned before 1947 by Admiral Horthy, the ruler of Hungary at the time, but in the end, it was the Soviets who built it.

How the Statue Fits Into the City of Budapest:


A View from Above:

#About the Citadel with the Impressive Lookout of Budapest

The Citadella is an impressive fortress, that was built in the 19th century on a hill that overlooks the city. The Citadella was built by the Austrian Emporer, after the Hungarian Independence War. It was created to strengthen the control of the Emporer and ruler of the Hapsburg house, over the residents of the city of Budapest, after they rebelled against the empire.

To tell the truth, the Citadella itself is not so interesting. This is an impressive place for panoramic photos that can be shot here - of the city, of the Danube, and the rest of what is around.

Want romance? - Get here at night, or at sunset, and you will be rewarded by a romantic and pretty view of the city at twilight and the twinkling lights.

Next to the Citadella is the famous Freedom Monument, that was established by the Communists as a memorial for Soviet soldiers, who freed Hungary from Nazi rule. Go see it yourself - it is beautiful and well lit up at night.

A Closer Look:


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