Heroes' Square - Hosok tere, Budapest

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    HEROES SQUARE - THE COLONNADE

    by balhannah Written Mar 13, 2014

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    Now we are having a look at the RH side colonnade.

    These statues are of
    # 1 John Hunyadi - Hajdú soldiers defeat the imperial forces
    # 2 Matthias Corvinus - Matthias with his scholars
    #3 István Bocskay - Hajdú soldiers defeat the imperial forces
    #4 Gabriel Bethlen - Bethlen concludes a treaty with Bohemia
    # 5 Imre Thököly - The battle of Szikszó
    #6 Francis II Rákóczi - Rákóczi returns from Poland
    # 7 Lajos Kossuth - Kossuth rallies the peasants of the Great Plain

    This time at the very top, is a female figure in a chariot holding a palm frond representing Peace.
    At the other end, is a statue of a man holding a little golden statue and a woman with a palm frond representing Knowledge and Glory.

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    HEROES SQUARE - THE COLONNADE

    by balhannah Updated Mar 13, 2014

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    There is no way of missing the majestic Colonnade that acts as the backdrop for the Millennium Column.
    If you just viewed and taken photos of this from a distance, - THEN YOU HAVE MISSED OUT, for this sight needs to be seen close up!

    Between the colonnade's Corinthian columns, stand statues of 14 of the most prominent figures in Hungary's history.

    Firstly, I will tell you about the Colonnade to the left of centre, which begins with a statue of King Stephen I. Look below each statue at the relief that depicts a historic scene related to the respective figure. Under each statue, is the name of the person.

    # 1 King Stephen I of Hungary. - Is depicted receiving the crown from an emissary of the Pope
    # 2 Ladislaus I of Hungary - He is shown slaying the Cumanian abductor.
    # 3 Coloman of Hungary - prohibits the burning of witches.
    # 4 Andrew II of Hungary - Is leading a crusade
    # 5 Béla IV of Hungary - Rebuilds the country after the Mongol invasion
    # 6 Charles I of Hungary - Ladislaus IV defeats Ottogar at the battle of Marchfeld
    # 8 Louis I of Hungary - Louis the Great occupies Naples

    After viewing these great statues and reliefs, take a look at the very top of the column, for here are a couple more statues. On the outer edge of the left colonnade is a statue of a man with a scythe and a woman sowing seed, representing Labor and Wealth.
    At the other end of the left colonnade, is a male driving a chariot using a snake as a whip representing War.

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    HEROES SQUARE - CENOTAPH

    by balhannah Written Mar 13, 2014

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    "To the memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the freedom of our people and our national independence."

    This is the message on the large stone cenotaph lying in-front of the Millenium Column. Nobody is buried here, it is just a Memorial stone, often referred to as the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier."
    It is surrounded by an ornamental iron chain.

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    THE SEVEN EQUESTRIAN STATUES

    by balhannah Written Mar 13, 2014

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    These are around the base of the Millenium column. I wanted to add information on these separately as I thought these fierce looking warriors looked so impressive on their horses.
    György Zala and several different Hungarian sculptors including Zala himself, have to be commended for the excellent statues.

    The statues depict the Magyar chieftains who, led by Prince Árpád, settled their people in the area now known as Hungary.
    Prince Arpard is the statue at the front. He was the head of the confederation of the Hungarian tribes at the turn of the 9th and 10th centuries. Historians are not sure whether he was a military leader or sacred leader, what-ever - Hungarians refer to him as the "founder of their country."

    Behind him are the chieftains Elõd, Ond, Kond, Tas, Huba, and Töhötöm (Tétény).
    Little is known about these chieftains.

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    MILLENNIUM COLUMN - HEROES SQUARE

    by balhannah Updated Mar 13, 2014

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    I'm at Heroes square and its about 10am. Tourist buses by the dozen are arriving and dropping off lots and lots of tourists. Looks like they are coming here first and then going to the Art Museums.

    I head to the Millennium Column first, as this is the focal point of Millennium monument. The column was designed in 1894 and completed in 1929 when the square got its name! Gazing upwards, I can see a statue of the archangel Gabriel.Gabriel with the Holy Crown of St. Stephen I (Szent István – the first king of Hungary) in his right hand. In his left hand, archangel Gabriel holds a two barred apostolic cross, a symbol awarded to St. Stephen by the Pope in recognition of his efforts to convert Hungary to Christianity.
    Around the base are great equestrian statues of the seven tribal leaders who founded Hungary in the 9th century and several other outstanding figures from Hungarian history.

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    Heroes' Square - see you there

    by Odiseya Written Dec 30, 2013

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    Heroes' Square in Budapest (original name: Hősök tere) is beautiful architectural complex and big monument to national history.
    It is located at the end of famous Andrássy Avenue. I like that "Serbian house" (today Embassy of Republic of Serbia) is across the Millennium Monument. Other important buildings in surroundings are: Museum of Fine Arts on the left and Palace of Art (Hall of Art) on the right.

    This place is part of every touristic itinerary and I have a nice time here.

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    Heroes' Square

    by shavy Written Aug 31, 2013
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    A grandiose square at the end of Andrássy Avenue the two forming a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage site since 2002
    Wander around the impressive and huge square and admire the wonderful composition of the statues This one of the most-visited attractions in Budapest. Many tourists arrive here by metro, an attraction in itself, the M1 metro line that stops at Heroes' Square is one of the world's oldest (it opened in 1896) and has even been declared a World Heritage Site

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    Heroes Square -Hősök tere

    by GentleSpirit Updated Feb 2, 2013

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    Heroes Square was built to honor some of the great men of Hungary's History following 1000 years in the Carpathian Basin. Also known as the Millenium Monument, this is at the end of Andrassy Ut, which is packed full of things to do and see.

    According to legend, the archangel Gabriel appeared to St Steven offering him the crown of Hungary. Therefore, the column in the center portrays Gabriel with the Crown of St Stephen. At the base of the column are the equestrian statues of the seven tribal chieftains who led the settlement in 896 AD.

    The other individual statues recognize various great Hungarians from throughout their history. These include Kings of the Arpad Dynasty, leaders of the 1848 national movement, leaders of the anti-Hapsburg movement.

    This square was finished in 1929 and therefore does not include any of the leaders of more recent generations.

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    Heroes square and Millenium Memorial

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012
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    Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere ) is a big square, a bit far from the center situated close to City Park that worth a visit anyway (it includes the famous Széchenyi thermal baths).

    On both sides of the square you can see important museums (Museum of Fine Arts and Hall of Art) but getting out of the metro we saw the impressive Millenium Memorial that dominates the square that faces 2 other buildings, one of them is the embassy of Serbia (where Imre Nagy went for sanctuary in 1956, it was the embassy of Yugoslavia at that time). The monument is a huge structure for sure and worth to be seen from distance but also from close so to see the details.
    At the top of the 36meter high column is the statue of Archangel Gabriel that holds the crown of Stephen I, the first king of Hungary.

    The monument was finished in 1929, many years after the one thousandth anniversary of Hungary that took place in 1896! As in many other countries you can see a large stone cenotaph that represents the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There are two long colonnades with figures from Hungarian history, most of them political, monarchs etc. At the top of the colonnades you can see aligorical figures, statues representing War, Peace, Knowledge, Glory, Work, Prosperity.
    I took some extra pictures as I was waiting for the Museum of Fine Arts to open…

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    Budapest's Most Beautiful Square

    by hungariangirl896 Written Aug 21, 2012

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    Heroes' Square is a beautiful Hungarian square on the Pest side. This square and its statues depict Hungarian history for the visitor. On top of the main column is Gabriel, who is also holding the famous St. Stephen's crown. At the bottom of this column are seven Hungarian tribal chiefs including Arpad. The statues behind the column show various times in Hungarian history and include such figures as Stephen I, Bela IV, Matthias Corvinus, and Lajos Kossuth. Heroes' Square is in a great location: it is surrounded by the Varosliget (city park), two large art museums, and Andrassy ut, which contains many excellent shops and restaurants. It is a nice place to take photographs (especially at night or in the snow) or to just sit down and relax. This square is now somewhat of a meeting place for young people in the afternoon or evening (after school). I recommend this site as a must-see to anyone visiting Budapest because it is like a national monument.

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    by GentleSpirit Updated Jun 9, 2012

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    There is a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Heroes Square. When I was there there was a sentinel from the Hungarian Armed Forces, though my understanding is that there is normally not a guard. (Thanks to all those who answered in forums for this information)

    Interestingly, this memorial has undergone a number of changes over the years. At first the changes were only changing the name, and widening admission requirements.

    After 1945 under Soviet influence Memory Day was cancelled.

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    Central Pest: Heroes' Square

    by antistar Updated Jul 3, 2011

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    At the end of the long and leafy Andrassy Utca lies the suitably grand Heroes' Square. Here the city commemorates the leaders of the seven tribes who founded Budapest with seven statues of each.

    The square was constructed to celebrate the city's 1000th anniversary in 1896. More recently it has been a place to celebrate the city's rebirth, after years of isolation behind the Iron Curtain. In 1989 a quarter of a million people filled the square for the reburial of Imre Nagy, a former Prime Minister of Hungary who was executed for his part in the revolution of 1956.

    The square, along with Andrassy Utca and the park behind it are all part of a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Adjacent to the square are also two of Budapest's finest museums: the Museum of Fine Art and the Palace of Art.

    Note: My son was born at the MAV hospital a few hundred meters from Heroes Square.

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    And Then a Hero Comes Along...

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 1, 2011
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    The posh Andrassy utca ends at Heroes' Square, a massive gathering area that also serves as the main entrance to City Park. Here, you won't be able to miss the Millenium Monument, where a thirty-six metre tower features the Archangel Gabriel, and he is surrounded by fourteen important Hungarian statesmen (such as King Stephen and Matthias Corvinus). At one point in time a spot was even being held for a woman- Maria Theresa- but ultimately her spot was filled by another "hero". Imagine the square in 1989, when a quarter of a million people crowded in for the reburial of Imre Nagy (he of the statue on the bridge in Liberty Square).

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    Heroes square or Hosok tere

    by Raimix Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    Finishing Adrasy street there is a monument and the square named to commemorate heroes, who were fighting for Hungary and other famous people. On the top of the central and the highest column is the statue of Saint Gabriel.

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    The Heroes of Budapest

    by azz8206 Updated Oct 7, 2010

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    Hosok Tere or Heroes Square is located at the end of Andrassy Street and in front of the City Park. Sculptures of Hungarian heroes are on display here. On the left are the kings of Hungary while on the right are its generals. Incidentally, Matthias Corvinus who stands on the right was also a king. In the middle of the heroes is a column topped with the arcangel Gabriel. In his right hand he holds the Holy crown of St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary. In his left he holds the Hungarian Cross, a symbol given to St. Stephen by the Pope. In front of the column is a large stone cenotaph surrounded by an iron chain. The cenotaph is dedicated "To the memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the freedom of our people and our national independence." Hosok Tere is a beautiful square which the people of Budapest are very proud of.

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