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Matthias Fountain

The fountain encased by Corinthian columns, designed by Alajos Stróbl in the style of a Roman Baroque fountain (1904), catches the eye

Near the equestrian statue, an opening leads to the western forecourt of the Royal Palace where you find the Matthias fountain.
The wall behind it is like a stage set for the raised bronze figure of the youthful King Matthias, who is styled as a hunter. Below the king, to the left, is the mournful seated figure of a girl, which originates in a folk legend that grew up around the ruler and is intended to express his popularity among the people. According to this legend, the farm girl Ilona fell in love with Matthias when the king went hunting incognito. When the girl later realized that the unknown youth was her king, she fell into deep sorrow for the rest of her life.The centre of the forecourt is decorated with a sculpture called the Horse Guardian, created by Gyögy Vastagh in 1898, and originally intended for a different place in the palace grounds.

Matthias Fountain travel guide by Marco Polo 2011 city guide

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