Imre Nagy Statue, Budapest

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    Monument to Imre Nagy

    by mallyak Written Dec 14, 2010

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    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
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    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

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    THE MAN ON THE BRIDGE

    by balhannah Written Apr 21, 2014

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    The man standing on the bridge was a very popular sculpture I saw in Budapest.

    His name is Imre Nagy, the man the people of Budapest nominated to become the new Prime Minister during the uprising in 1956.
    When the Soviet troops invaded he was arrested along with thousands of others. He was secretly charged with organizing the overthrow of the Hungarian people's democratic state and with treason. Nagy was secretly tried, found guilty, sentenced to death and executed by hanging in June 1958. His trial and execution were made public after the sentence had been carried out.
    He was buried in a mass grave

    His name could not to be mentioned during Communism, but he became a symbol of freedom. . In 1989, when he was reburied, 200,000 gathered at Heroes' Square for the funeral.
    His statue, facing the Parliament Building, is located on a tiny square next to Kossuth Square

    You may have to wait to have your photo taken with him.

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    Imre Nagy Statue

    by Airpunk Written Sep 12, 2008

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    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.

    Imre Nagy Statue at night Nagy looking towards the parliament
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    Imre Nagy Monument

    by zadunajska8 Written Nov 28, 2011

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    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.

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    Central Pest: Imre Nagy Monument

    by antistar Updated Jul 3, 2011

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    Standing on his bridge, looking out with a fatherly concern over the Hungarian Parliament, is the statue of Imre Nagy. In 1956 during Hungary's revolution, Imre Nagy was the president. He withdrew Hungary from the Warsaw Pact and declared neutrality. He called upon the US and UK to recognise Hungary's neutrality. His calls went unanswered. The revolution failed. The Soviets returned and Imre Nagy was executed as a traitor. He was buried in a prison yard, face down, hands and feet bound in barbed wire.

    In 1989, when Communism fell, a hundred thousand people gathered in Heroes Square for his reburial. His statue now stands in Martyr's Square watching over Hungary's modern democracy.

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    Imre Nagy Statue

    by barryg23 Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    Imre Nagy was a colourful Hungarian political who was executed in 1958 following his role in the 1956 rising against Russia. He was prime minister twice: from 1953-55 and again in 1956 during the rising. As long as the communists were in power in Hungary there was no memorial to Nagy, but this all changed in 1989, when over 100,000 people attended his reinternment and later a statue was erected in his honour near the Parliament building.

    Imre Nagy statue near Parliament

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  • See a Great Hungarian Thinker

    by Jetgirly Written Apr 1, 2011

    Imre Nagy was once a Hungarian communist prime minister; later, he was executed by the Soviet-controlled government. Today, you can see his statue on a little bridge in Vertanuk ter, where he will be able to look over the Hungarian parliament forever.

    Imre Nagy Statue in Vertanuk Ter.
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