(above photo Lisa Collington)
It’s the fierceness of the Hungarian Heros that is most striking. They gather in a tight circle beneath the Archangel Gabriel; who rises high above them all. These are the sevan leaders of the seven Magyar tribes that conquered the Carpathian Basin in 896 and founded Hungary in the 9th century (Arpad, Elod, Ond, Kond, Tas, Huba, Tohotom).
These statues are magical and powerful and captivating
Cradeling the column, we find a nod to modern Hungary. A two part semicircular colonnade displaying the rulers of the Habsburg dynasty in chronological order..
Build for the Hungarian Millenium in 1896 to conmemorate 1000 years of Hungarian history, the Hősök Tere lays between the Műcsarnok (Palace of Arts) and the Szepmuveszeti Museum (Museum of Fine Arts) Just behind the square is the Varosliget (City Park), The Vajdahunoy Castle and a bit further on are the Szechenyi Baths (A nice walk will take you between them all).
Try to get here eary in the morning to avoid the tour buses or visit at the end of the day. We were there once after dark and it was quite another magical scene.
(above right photo Jéjé)