This monument as short walk from the Parliament building shows the reform communist Prime Minister of the 1956 uprising against Soviet domination, Imre Nagy. He stands on a footbridge facing the Parliament complete with his hat and umbrella, looking like a very ordinary and human figure.
A moving monument to Hungarian Prime Minister Imre Nagy sits in a small park diagonally across from Parliament and across from the Ministry of Agriculture
The monument is an elegant tribute to the leader of the Hungarian Uprising. Imre Varga, Hungary's best known contemporary sculptor, has depicted Nagy as a solemn, contemplative and accessible figure dressed in a neat raincoat and hat, standing at the center of graceful footbridge. The life-like bronze figure gazes off into the distance, towards the imposing Parliament building across the park. The bridge spans a small pond, which reflects the bridge and statue. The symbolism and emotion captured in this simple yet moving sculpture are extraordinary. The small triangular park that surrounds the monument is lined with benches - it is a very peaceful and moving setting
Each country has some kind of national hero, in many cases a military commander which played a role in establishing the state. Hungary’s national hero is a tragic figure, someone who symbolizes the country’s sad mood and its will to be free in an incredibly perfect way. Although not its initiator, Nagy was the head of the movement which became known as the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. It was Hungary’s attempt to get rid of Soviet Influence and become a fully sovereign state after centuries of foreign government and the dictatorship of the interwar years. When Nagy delcared the Hungary would leave the Warsaw Pact to become a neutral country, the Soviet Army intervened and smashed the uprise. Nagy’s radio broadcast on November 4th, his appeal to the world for help, was one of the saddest moments in Hungarian History. Unfortunately, noone came for help in this unstable political situation of the cold war. Nagy was arrested by pro-soviet forced and exexucted on June 16th 1958. When Hungary escaped Soviet Influence after the fall of the iron curtain, Nagy’s body was exhumed and buried with a full state honour in 1989.
The statue at Martyr’s Square (Vértanúk Tere) shows old Nagy on a bridge. He is looking towards the parrliament as a kind of good patron. The bridge he as standing on can be seen as the bridge from centuries of chaos and foreign leadership to the new independent Hungary.