Budapest Heroes Square(c)visithungary

The Heroes' Square in Budapest

The Heroes' Square in Budapest

Originally, an ornamental fountain designed by the famous Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl decorated Heroes' Square at the end of Andrássy Street in the second half of the 19th century. The Gloriette Fountain was eventually moved to Széchenyi Hill (where it has since served as a lookout point), as an imposing monument was to be erected in its place to mark the 1000th anniversary (1896) of the Hungarian land seizure of 896: the Millennium Monument. Sándor Wekerle, the Prime Minister of the time, commissioned the architect Albert Schickedanz and the sculptor György Zala to design the monument.

Time and again, Heroes' Square has been the stage for momentous events in Hungarian history. For example, during the 1918/19 revolution, as a sign of the break with the Habsburgs, the Hungarians smashed the effigy of Emperor Franz Joseph from the Millennium Monument and covered the entire square with red draperies. They also replaced the statues of Árpád with a statue of Marx and a Workers and Peasants Monument. After 1945, Heroes' Square was repeatedly the scene of political rallies. Hungary came under the influence of Stalin's Soviet Union. In 1989, Imre Nagy and his comrades-in-arms (of the 1956 Hungarian National Uprising ) were rehabilitated at Heroes' Square in a ceremonial act of state.

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Heroes' Square in Budapest
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