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1956 Memorial, Budapest: 13 reviews and 26 photos

  The rebels' flag
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  • The rebels' flag - Budapest
      The rebels' flag
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      Memorial tomb for the fallen
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Revolutions are pretty popular in Hungary, which is probably due to the fiercely independent nature of the Hungarian people and the pride they have in their national heritage. After all, their closest ethnic and linguistic relatives are thousands of miles away in Siberia, so the sort of pan-Slavic or all-German ideologies that allowed for lesser resistance to German or Soviet invasions in other countries didn't really apply to Hungary. Across from the Kossuth Memorial, in front of the Parliament, there is a smaller memorial that pays tribute to those who fell in the 1956 Uprising, when Hungarians sought to defend their more liberal leadership from Soviet pressure to toe the Warsaw Pact line. Thousands died in the ensuing invasion, and hundreds of thousands fled the country. To mark this painful event, which is still very much alive in the memory of Hungarians, there is a small memorial with a flame and the Hungarian flag with a hole in the middle - reminiscent of those waved by the rebels, who cut out the socialist republic's crest from the red, white and green background.

Address: Kossuth Lajos tér
Directions: In front of the Parliament, across from the Kossuth Memorial

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 17, 2009
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