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Heroes' Square is one of my favourite sights in Budapest. The enourmous semi-circle with columsn is the Millenary Monument but on the same Square you can find some fine museums too.
The the Millenary Monument was erected in 1896, to conmemore the thousandth anniversary of the Conquest of the country by the Hungarians. It was designed by the architect Albert Schickedanz and the sculptor György Zala. In the centre of the munument itself stands a 36-metre high column with a winged victory on top, flanked by the statues of the Magyar chief Árpád and of the chiefs of the other six tribes on the pedestal. Behind these stand as series of columns forming a semi-circle. On them stand the statues of the most important Hungarian kings, princes and commanders. From left to right: St. Stephen, the founder of the State, Ladislas I, Coloman, Andrew II and Béla IV, kings of the House of Árpád; Charles Robert and Louis I known as the Great of the Angevin dynasty; János Hunyadi, the hero of the wars against the Turks, and King Matthias; then Gábor Bethlen, István Bocskai, Imre Thököly and Ferenc Rákóczi II, princes of Transylvania, and finally Lajos Kossuth, the leader of the 1848-49 War of Independence. The relieves on the base of the columns commemorate historic events.
On top of the semicircle there are four symbolic statues: Work and Wealth on the left, two chariots, depicting War and Peace, in the centre, and Honour and Glory on the right.
The museums you can visit nearby are the Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery ( fashioned as a Greek temple), where the National Fine Arts Exhibition is held every other year.
I did not visit any of them but mainly because of lack of time. The buildings are beautiful on the outside so I guess the inside must be outstanding too.
Address: Hosok tere
Directions: Pest side, near City Park - metro station Hosok tere (M1)
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