"The Colonnade" Heroes' Square - Hosok Tere Tip by mikey_e

Heroes' Square - Hosok Tere, Budapest: 116 reviews and 242 photos

  The right wing of the colonnade
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      The right wing of the colonnade
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      The left wing, minus the Hapsburgs
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      One of the Hungarian notables
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Hősök tére really does deserve two tips, if only because there are two different monuments that deserve extra coverage, especially when it comes to the pictures with the tip. I?ve already described the Millennium Monument above, but there is a second set of statues and monuments that also stands out. These are arranged in two colonnades distributed evenly behind the Millennium Monument and showcasing six great statesmen/figures in the history of the Hungarian people. The funny thing is that these are not all the same statues that were erected in the early part of the 20th century when the Square was first built: the five left-most statues were originally devoted to the five members of the Hapsburg dynasty. However, the monument was damaged in the Second World War and, when it was repaired the government decided that it would be more appropriate to match the great Kings of Hungary with the heroes of Hungarian independence and nationhood, such as Kossuth and Rákóczi. All of the statues portray these men in various significant positions, such as receiving the cross from the Pope (Stephen I) or rallying peasants on the Great Plain (Kossuth). The colonnades themselves are topped with various allegorical sculptures representing the great virtues and the evils of war and injustice.

Address: Hosok tere
Directions: Pest side, near City Park - metro station Hosok tere (M1)
Phone: 3613224098

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  • Written Jan 16, 2009
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