The Heroes’ Square in Budapest

The Heroes' Square in Budapest

The Heroes’ Square in Budapest ©Alex E. Proimos/Flick

The Heroes’ Square in Budapest in one of the main symbols and the most famous and most visited square of the capital city. It is the crown of the Andrassy Avenue.

The story of the Heroes’ Square started on the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century.

At that time there was only the Gloriette well that was the work of Ybi Miklos. The well is still hiding there under the metal plate near the memorial stone, but the architectural work itself was relocated to another part of the city.

 

The construction of the Heroes’ Square in Budapest

The magnificent Millennium Monument took the place of the well in 1895, and at the same time were inaugurated the two museums on both sides of the Heroes’ Square in Budapest. Its characteristic and amazing peristyles were made at the beginning of the new century between the years 1905 and 1910.

Statues at the Heroes' Square

Statues at the Heroes’ Square ©Rico./Flick

The square was totally finished in 1929, when the Monument of National Heroes, also known as the Monument of the Unknown Soldier, was placed at the center of the square. Since then it is called the Heroes’ Square. The monument is a memorial of the fallen Hungarian soldiers and the 7 statues represent the 7 commanders that lead the Hungarian tribes into their new home in 896. At the top of the huge column between them is Archangel Gabriel.

Hungarian leaders at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier

Hungarian leaders at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier ©Fearless Fred/Flick

The buildings of the Heroes’ Square

The Heroes’ Square in Budapest in delimited by the City Park and is framed on both sides by two representative buildings. One of them is the building of the Museum of Fine Arts, which is the last representative piece of the Hungarian eclectic architecture, and opposite to this lies the Neo-Renaissance palace of the Art Gallery. The determinative piece of the square is the Millennium Monument, which is composed of the aforementioned marble columns, surrounded by statues of the seven leaders and the semicircular colonnade with statues of kings, princes and governors.

Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest ©blacktie.whitenoise/Flick

The atmosphere of the Heroes’ Square

The background atmosphere is still impressive and unique. As you arrive from the World Heritage Andrássy Avenue, to the Heroes’ Square we are immediately amazed by its size and monumentality especially because it almost forms an integral unit with the adjacent Parade Square, where the city’s largest events are being held.

Be it winter or summer, weekends or weekdays the Heroes’ Square in Budapest always has something to offer. It is worth visiting it only for the wonderful ambience and atmosphere. You may sit down at the base of the sculpture, relax and feel a bustle of the Hungarian capital city.

The Heroes' Square in Budapest

The Heroes’ Square in Budapest ©Alex E. Proimos/Flick

 

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