Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pictures of the day

Heroes Square, Budapest, Hungary

Heroes Square (Hősök tere) is one of the major squares in Budapest. It is located in Pest and lies at the end of Andrássy Avenue beside City Park. The Millennium Memorial in the square, which is the iconic statue complex, was completed in 1900. Famous Hungarian kings and significant individuals make up the statues. The square is one of the major tourist attractions in Budapest. Heroes Square usually holds around 100,000 people when full. 

When the communists took power briefly in 1919, they had all the statues removed from the complex and covered the square with communist propaganda. Hungarian communists hate all traditional Hungarian symbols and historic monuments. This is also pretty typical of the Hungarian left-wing today. On June 16 1989, an estimated crowd of 250,000 gathered at the square for the historic reburial of Imre Nagy. Nagy was the Hungarian leader during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.  The square today is often used for official state functions and military ceremonies.