Sculpture Saturday: Budapest

Challenge hosted by Sally Kelly over at Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition.

Heroes’ Square, Budapest

Designed in 1896 to mark the 1000th Anniversary of the Magyar conquest of the Carpathian Basin, Heroes’ Square (a name given to it in 1932) was designed in 1896 for the celebration of the Millennium of Hungary. The 36-m high column, topped by the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian crown and cross, dominates the square. Around the base of the column are sculptures of Magyar chieftains from the 9th century mounted on horses. The colonnades that run behind the column hold 14 statues of earlier rulers and statesmen from King Stephen to Lajos Kossuth.

Base of Millennium Column in Heroes’ Square, Budapest
Magyar Chiefs at base of Millennium column, Budapest

6 thoughts on “Sculpture Saturday: Budapest

  1. I remember visiting this monument in summer, with the exhausting heat without shade and with the ground also reflecting the warmth. Despite this context I remember a monument that was very popular with the population, symbolising their resilience despite the hardships.

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  2. Travelling and sight-seeing in the heat is never a good thing but sometimes we just have to get on with it if we want to take in the histories of places we find ourselves in. Budapest being one of them. I went there in September, a lovely month and I remember walking around all day in total comfort.

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  3. Nice piece. This takes me back to the Christmas I spent in Budapest way back in 2002. A few friends and I rented a crappy little apartment somewhere near Heroes Square and pretty much spent all day every day exploring the city on foot. Ah, they were good times, thanks for taking me back there.

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