In one of our previous blog post we’ve described a few interesting facts about Buda Castle. Since many famous monuments and statues are located in this royal area we decided to write a second post about it.
1. The story behind Matthias Fountain
The statue represents the hopeless and unfulfilled love between King Matthias and her love, Ilona. Mentioned in the old legends, King Matthias often mingled among people in disguise. Once he dressed as a hunter and took a walk in the forest where he met a beautiful young lady, Ilona. They both fell in love with each other but the King didn’t reveal his identity. One day Ilona came to Buda to meet the King who was just returning back from an expedition with all pomp and glory. The secret revealed. Ilona new their love cannot be fulfilled therefore she was devoured by hopeless love.
2. Turul Bird Statue
Turul Bird is a mythological symbol of ancient Hungarian past and Conquest. It represents Hungarian national identity and cohesion. Moreover it’s symbol of Divine Providence. According to some writings Turul was military symbol on weapons of Hungarians as well. The Turul also played an important role in Hungarian Conquest. Legends also say that the Bird led them to Carpathian Basin. When the Bird appeared from the sky they followed them, where it disappeared they settled down.
3. Ruins of medieval castle walls
The ruins of medieval castle walls were a densely populated area in the Middle-Ages. During archaeological excavations lot of priceless historical objects were found in this place. Most of them are now part of Historical Museum’s collection.
4. Hungarian Presidential Palace
The Hungarian Presidential Palace – also called Sándor Palace – is the residency of the Prime Minister of Hungary. Originally belonged to the property of Count Vince Sándor who was famous for its strange behaviour. Well, his son Móric Sándor was known for the same strange behaviour as well. He was a very thin and weak child and only 17 years old when he first rode a horse. According to witnesses he perfectly rode horses starting from the first moment. With unbelievable horse back riding stunts he impressed every guests arriving to the Palace. As he grew older everyone remembered him as the “Devilrider”.
5. Statue of Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary statue symbolize the unity of the country and inspires love and piece. The statue represents the special connection between Saint Mary and Hungary, as Virgin Mary is the protector of our country. Mary’s arms do not come in contact with the little Jesus which aims to express the mystery of incarnation. The child just floats in front of her Mother’s body. He puts his right hand on blessing and holds a ball in his left hand symbolizing the holy universe.