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    Hösök tere (Hero's square)

    by german_eagle Written Apr 5, 2010

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    At the end of Andrassy ut the street opens to a wide square which is called "Hero's square". It was created end of the 19th century on occasion of the millenium celebrations 1896. The square is sort of the entrance gate to the city park Varosliget. Right in the centre of the square is the Millenium monument located (which was finished only 30 years after the celebrations). A 36 m tall column is in the middle, on top a statue of Archangel Gabriel with the crown of King Stephen and the cross, symbols for the Christianization of Hungarians und King Stephen. Arcades with allegoric figures to both sides finish the monument.

    The northern side of the square is occupied by the Museum of Fine Arts, the southern side by Art Exhibition hall (neo-classicistic style from 1895, temporary exhibits).

    Unfortunately I did not have time to explore the city park. It looked like a nice romantic place.

    The townhouses at the end of Andrassy ut and on Hero's square seemed to be in surprisingly bad condition given the location which is sad to see due to the (once) beautiful architecture.

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    Heroes Square

    by illumina Written Jan 18, 2010

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    At the end of Andrássy Avenue is Hősök tere, or Heroes Square, next to City Park. It contains the Millennium Monument, begun at the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Hungary in 1896 (although it was not completed for 33 years), which depicts the leaders of the seven original Magyar tribles along with numerous other famous historical Hungarians.

    Atop the central column is a figure of the Angel Gabriel holding a cross and the crown of St Stephen (first king of Hungary).

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    Millenium monument

    by georeiser Updated Jun 23, 2009

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    The 35 meter tall Millenium monument was build in 1897. It has it's name to celebrate 1000 years of rule in Europe (896-1896). The monument is in the Heroes square surrounded by heavy traffic. My best memory of this square was that I was almost was hit by a car when I tried to cross the wide street. Budapest is a city with a great culture, nice buildings and monuments. It's not a safe place to be for pedestrians.

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    Heroes' Square

    by Tom_Fields Written Apr 27, 2009

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    Hungary has had many great leaders in its long history; they are immortalized right here in Pest, at Heroes' Square. Fulop Herzog and Albert Schickedanz designed this monument, which was completed in 1929. Gyorgy Zala did the sculptures. It's dominated by a column topped by a statue of the angel Gabriel. Along the base of the column are statues of Prince Arpad and his six commanders who conquered this country. This is an excellent starting point for touring Budapest.

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    Millennium Monument

    by gigina Written Feb 22, 2009

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    Situated at the end of Andrassy Avenue, Heroes’ Square (or Hõsök Tere in Hungarian) is one of the most-visited attractions in Budapest, both by visitors and locals. The centrepiece of the square is the Millennium Monument, built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest.

    Inside the niches of the two semi-circles that make up the monument you’ll find statues of famous men of Hungarian history, including kings, governors, and others held in high regard like King Stephen I, who brought Christianity to the country. Atop the semi-circles are the symbols of War and Peace, Work and Welfare, and Knowledge and Glory. Around the base of the monument are a number of equestrian statues honouring Arpad and the seven chieftains of the Hungarian tribe, who settled their people in the area now known as Hungary.

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    Millennial Column

    by gigina Written Feb 22, 2009

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    Soaring above the monument, you’ll see the Millennial Column, standing 118-feet-tall and topped with a statue of the Archangel Gabriel, meant to be a symbol of the Roman Catholic Church. In front of the column is the Monument of National Heroes, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, a tribute to Hungary’s nameless heroes of war.

    Heroes’ Square has been the site of numerous special events throughout the last century, including many Socialist holiday celebrations staged during the country’s Communist era. Pope John Paul II preached here & many heated political rallies continue to take place at this popular location.

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    Heroes' Square

    by gigina Written Feb 22, 2009

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    Flanked by the Palace of Fine Arts and the Exhibition Hall and situated at the entrance to beautiful City Park, Budapest’s Heroes’ Square stands in honour and memory of the great leaders in Hungary’s history.

    Heroes’ Square has been the site of numerous special events throughout the last century, including many Socialist holiday celebrations staged during the country’s Communist era. Pope John Paul II preached here & many heated political rallies continue to take place at this popular location.

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    The Colonnade

    by mikey_e Written Jan 16, 2009

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    Hõsök 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.

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    The Millennium Monument

    by mikey_e Written Jan 16, 2009

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    Hõsök tére is the incredible square that lies between the last and second last stops of M1, at the end of Andrássy út. It is a massive open area that was originally planned to mark the Millennium of the arrival of the Magyar tribes from Siberia in the Carpathian Basin, essentially establishing the Hungarian nation, in 896. The centre of the square plays host to the Millennium Monument, a huge column and a cenotaph surrounded by a chain. The cenotaph is a memorial for the heroes of the Hungarian nation and, despite the stories and rumours, there is no one buried here – it is just a monument. At the base of the monument are seven statues representing the seven tribes of Magyars who first migrated into the basin. The one in the centre, and the most prominent statue, is Árpád, the chieftain who led the Magyar migration. Of course, the sheer length of time that has passed since the event means that everything by way of visual display is an artist’s rendering and not an actual representation of the people, their likeness or even their clothes. The statue of the Archangel Gabriel at the top of the column is also significant, since it is holding the crown of Stephen (Istvan) I, the first King of Hungary and the first Hungarian monarch to be christened. The angel is also holding the cross awarded to the King by the Pope at the time of his conversion. If you’re really particular about getting lots of good shots of famous monuments, make sure to get here really early, since the entire Square fills up with tons of tourists and it can be difficult to weave your way through the various buses to find a good vantage point.

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    Heros' Square

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 31, 2008

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    Hero's Sqaure has the Millenium Mom=nument, Secession Pavillion, Museum of Fine Arts and the Muscarok Palace of Art.

    We visited Heros Square and found it quite beautiful espeially at night when everything is illuminated.

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    Millenium Monument

    by cjg1 Written Dec 31, 2008

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    In the center of Heros Square is the Millenium Monument. The center column had the Archangel Gabriel soaring on top holding an apostolic cross and the crown of King Istvan. The base of the column has statues of Prince Arpad and six Magyar warriors. The stone in front of the column is dedicated to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    At either side of the column are colonades with allegorical compositions and statues of great Hungarians.

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    Heroes’ Square / Millenary Monument

    by Airpunk Written Sep 13, 2008

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    In opposite to the Independence Monument on Gellert Hill, this one is through and through Hungarian. It was erected in 1896 to celebrate the entering of the Magyar tribes into the Pannonian Bassin which marks the founding of the hungarian state. The monument shows 14 hungarian rulers from St. Stephen to Lajos Kossuth. Four allegorical figures symbolize prosperity, war, peace and glory. Of course, also the seven magyar chiefs of the famous tribes are displayed here. In the center of the monument, a 36 high pillar with the Archangel Gabriel on its top was placed there. He holds the hungarian cross and the hungarian crown.
    Heroes’ Square is popular with skateboarding kids or other people doing similar sports. It is surrounded by art museums on two sides, Andrassy Utca one one side and the Park on the other.

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    Heroe's Square

    by BruceDunning Updated Aug 10, 2008

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    The millenary monument has a lot of history. The square is the largest in Budapest. There are a number of statues of the 7 Magyars, designated as founders of the city. They all are rough and gruff looking. The statues are very impressive, as well as the area is one great monument to heroism. The column in the middle is 36 meters high and on top is Archangel Gabriel. It was designed for the millennium celebration in 1896, but did not get completed until 1929. In the large pedestal type where the people are standing is the tomb of the unknown soldier. The semicicular columns are showing the famous rulers of Hungary. A stone monument in the front is guarded by soldiers. It commemorates the ones died for freedom.

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    Heroes square - Palace of arts

    by ophiro Written Jul 15, 2008

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    The palace of arts that is located on the Heroes square (Mucsarnok in Hungarian).

    The museum was built in 1895 in Eclectic - Neo classical style (like the other museum in the square - museum of fine arts).

    A ticket to the museum will cost 1200 Forint.

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    Heroes square - Museum of Fine art

    by ophiro Written Jul 15, 2008

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    The museum of fine art that is located on the Heroes squre (Szepmuveszeti Muzeum in Hungarian).

    The museum was built between 1900 and 1906 in Eclectic - Neo classical style , and inside you can find collections on these departments - Antique, Egyptian, Old painter gallery, Modern collection, Old sculpture gallery and Graphics collection.

    A Ticket will cost 1200 Forint.

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