Heroes' Square - Hosok tere, Budapest

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    World Heritage Site ( 5 images )

    by nicolaitan Updated Nov 26, 2006

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    Hero's Square was constructed between 1896, the 1000th anniversary of Magyar conquest of the region, and 1929 when it was named. Situated between Andrassy St and the City Park, the monument consists of 2 quarter-circles surrounding a 36 meter Corinthian column. At the top is a statue of the archangel Gabriel, the symbol of the Roman Catholic religion. He holds the Hungarian Royal Crown and an apostolic double cross. At the base are equestrian statues of Arpad and the other 6 chieftains who conquered the region.

    Atop the quarter circle collonades are statues of War and Peace, Knowledge and Glory, and Work and Wefare. Between the columns are statues of luminaries in Hungarian history - politicians and others. Beneath these statues are smaller reliefs containing an important incident in the life of the individual above. Among those honored are Kings St. Stephen, Bela IV, Matthias Corvinus, and Lajos Kossuth.

    Growing tired of reading about Arpad and the "other" Magyar chieftains, I decided to use all their names here - Elod, Ond, Kond, Tas, Huba, and Tohotom.

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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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    Hosok tere

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    The Hosok tere (Heroes' square) is one of the best squares of Budapest. In the middle of the square there is the high column which rappresent the Monumento to the Hero, with the tomb of the Ignote Milite. Behind the column there is the Millennium Emlekmu. On the left of the square there is the Museum of Fine Arts, on the right there is the Mucsarnok.

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    Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    by nicolaitan Written Nov 26, 2006

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    The simple unmarked stone slab lies immediately in front of the pillar bearing Gabriel and pays tribute to those who lost their lives in defending Hungary throughout its long history of conflict. Except during ceremonies, it is unguarded. Protocol dictates that visiting heads of state lay a wreath at this site.

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    Heroes Square

    by deeper_blue Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Heroes Square houses 7 statues of old Hungarian chieftains and the archangel Gabriel. It was built in 1896 commemorating 1000 years of Hungarian settlement. It is a popular spot for tourists. Close by is Szechenyi Baths and an outdoor ice rink.

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    Budapest’s Heroes’ Square

    by miman Updated Mar 21, 2007

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    Budapest’s Heroes’ Square stands in honor and memory of the great leaders in Hungary’s history and is one of the most-visited attractions in Budapest, both by visitors and locals. The centerpiece 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 Millennium Monument, Heroes' Square, Budapestsemi-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 honoring Arpad and the seven chieftains of the Hungarian tribe, who settled their people in the area now known as Hungary. 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 Millennial Column, Heroes' Square, BudapestRoman Catholic Church.

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    A square to commemorate the Past (1)

    by 1courage Updated Oct 22, 2006

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    The Heroes square was built for the millenary festivities, but some statues were changed in the XX.century. The square was finished in reality only in 1929, and it recieved it`s name only in this year.
    At the centre we can see a 36 meters tall column, wich was projected by Albert Schickedanz. The monument is 85 meters wide and 25 meters long. We can see here the sculptures 7 chieftains who conquered the territory of Hungary (you see them around the obelisque), 14 important personalities of the Hungarian history (mostly kings), four allegorical statues (peace, war, work and prosperity), and finally the tomb of the unknown soldier.
    This square is surely one of Budapest`s highlights.

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    The Millenary Monument

    by belgrade03 Written Nov 9, 2003

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    Andrassy street leads from the Inner City to one of Budapest’s finest open spaces, called Hosok ter (Heroes’ square). There is an 85 m semicircular open colonnade divide into 2 parts in the center of the square. This spot is dedicated to the thousandth anniversary of Hungary’s independence. At its centre, there is a 36 m column with a winged Archangel Gabriel on top, holding the Cross of Lorraine in one hand and the crown of Hungary in the other. At the pedestal, there is an equestrian group of 7 chiefs of Hungarian tribes who conquered the the country with Prince Arpad in the middle. The semicircular colonnades contain the statues of 7 sovereigns on each side with bronze reliefs below them showing scenes from their lives. There is a stone tablet in front of the main column with the incription: “In commemoration of the heroes who sacrificed their lives for national freedom and independence”.

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    Hosok tere: Millennium emlekmu

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    In the middle of the Hosok tere there is the Millennium emlekmu built in 1896 to celebrate the 1000th year after the conquer of the Hungary by the Magyar. This monument was built by Albert Schickedanz and Gyorgy Zala.
    In the middle of the monument there is a colums 36 metres high and on its top there is the statue of the angel Gabriel with the crown of S. Stephen. In the bottom of the column there are bronze equestrian statues of king Arpad and his leaders who conqered Hungary: Almos, Elod, Ond, Kend, Tas, Huba and Tohotom.

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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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    Monument of Hungarian History

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Jul 28, 2003

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    About the colonnades - please look at my another Budapest 'Must-see' tip ("Colonnades at Heroes Square ").

    The Heroes Square is one of most impressive spaces in Budapest, especially in the night, when lights play on the monument and reflect on a causeway. It is flanked by two big buildings of the Fine Arts Museum and the Palace of Arts. In the center of the square stands the Millenary Monument, with its statue and colonnades.

    The Square was built in 1896 for commemoration the millenium of Hungarian state, which had been created at the Carpathian Basin by chiefs of seven Hungarian tribes. The monument was designed by Gyorgy Zala. At the top of 36-meter high column stands the Archangel Gabriel holding in hands King Stephen's (Istvan) the Saint crown and the cross. According to the legend in 1000 year the archangel appeared to Stephen, first king of Hungary, and asked him to convert the Hungarians to Christianity. There are figures of seven chiefs at the basis of the column. In front of them the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located. It is a symbol of all Hungarian soldiers who have died in battle, whose bodies were unidentified.

    About symbols and history of the colonnade which stands behind monuments you can read in my travelogue (soon).

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    Colonnades at Heroes Square

    by Skeptic-jr Updated Jul 28, 2003

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    About the column - please look at my another Budapest 'Must-see' tip ("Monument of Hungarian History").

    Two huge, 85 meters long colonnades are situated behind the monument at both it's sides. Fourteen figures of the men famous for the Hungarian history stand above bas-reliefs representing scenes of their memorable deeds. The sculptures forms the pantheon (in sequence from left to right):
    - five kings from Arpad dynasty: Saint Stephan (Istvan), Saint Vladislav, Kalman Konyves, Andrew II, Bela IV
    - two rulers from Andegavenian dynasty: Karol Robert, Ludvik the Great
    - regent Janos Hunyadi
    - king Maciej Korwin
    - five dukes of Transylvania from 17-18th centuries: Stephan (Istvan) Bocskaia, Gabor Bethlen, Emeryk (Imre) Thokoly, Ferenc (Frank) Rakoczy (they replaced figures of five Habsburgs after the World War II according to communists' orders)
    - the leader of 19th century's revolution Lajos Kossuth.

    Above the figures are shown four further figures. These are allegories of Peace and War (both in chariots) and Labor and Prosperity.

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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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    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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    Hosok tere: Millennium emlekmu

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Jun 15, 2005

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    The right emicicle

    On the town colonnades emicicles there are two big bronze sculptures: Work and Wealth on the left and War and Peace on the middle and Glory and Honesty on the right. Under the colonnades there are statues of Hungarian King and characters of the Magyar history.
    In the first emicicle there is (from left to right): S. Stephen; s. Ladislao, Colomano, Andrew II, Bela IV, Robert Carl of Angiò and Luis the Great.
    In the second emicicle there is: John Nunyadi, Matyas Corvin, Stephen Bocksai, gabor Bethlen, Imre Thokoly, Ferenc II Rakoczi, Lajos Kossuth.

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