Heroes’ Square is one of the major squares of Budapest, rich with historic and political connotations. Its iconic statue complex, the Millennium Memorial, was completed in 1900, the square was named “Heroes’ Square” in 1929. The square is dedicated to the heroes of Hungary and was originally conceived as a Millennium Memorial for Hungary’s 1000 year anniversary as a nation. At the centre of the monument is a column topped by a statue of the archangel Gabriel. In his right hand he holds the Holy Crown of St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary and in his left hand he holds a two barred apostolic cross. At the base of the column is a group of seven mounted figures representing the Magyar chieftains who led the Hungarian people into the Carpathian basin. The back of the monument consists of two matched colonnades, each with seven statues representing great figures of Hungarian history. On the top of the colonnades are Man with a Snake the symbol of War on the left and on the right the female statue of Peace. Later on in the Soviet times the couple of Labor and Wealth on the left and on the right the couple of Knowledge and Glory were added while the entire colonnades were covered in red fabric. The square is flanked by The Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art. There is a lot to see and take in here.
It’s been good seeing these pics. It’s funny – Budapest is one of those cities in Europe where I’d be hard pressed to name a sight or building that it’s well known for (of the bigger cities, obv)… But I’ve still always wanted to go. Still do now that I feel like I’ve been given a teaser of the place. 😉
I think you should go. It is a great a city to visit. Like Prague still quite inexpensive by European standards and literally free when you compared it to London. The food is phenomenal and the service excellent. We verified that the local Starbucks has Hungary and Budapest mugs.
Well, now we HAVE to go!! 😉
We were going to buy it for you but Anna said you like to get them from places you visit – so we did not…
It’s all good. We’ve got a lot, and love ’em, but also like having them as mementos of visits. On the plus side, had you bought it, we’d then HAVE to see each other before one of us left.
If a coffee mug is what is standing in a way for us to see each other again than that is truly sad! Unless of course that is the entrance ticket to your house then we are off to Budapest for one…
There’s no entrance fee here my friend!!!
You just might regret saying those words when we descent upon you peaceful domicile and buy out all the pastries in your local bakery and eat all the ice-cream with soft meringue… But seriously we would really really like to see you guys for two or three days if you can work this into your schedule when you are back from ‘merica umkay….