Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Budpest 3: Statues/public art I liked

I think Budapest likes to decorate itself up pretty well. They are not keen on the memorial to when the Soviets pushed the Germans out. The King is of St Stephen who turned the Magyars over to Catholicism nearly 1000 years ago. The guy falling was a 16-year-old freedom fighter in 1956. He did kill some people and when the uprising was crushed he was arrested and tried. They waited until he was 18 and then executed him--and others, of course. The man on the bridge is of Imre Nagy, he was the leader of the effort to get more independence from the Soviets. You can't see it in the photo, but he's looking towards the Parliament building. The colorful thing on a wall commemorates the day in the late 1500s when the Hungarians stopped the Turks--it was after the Maltese stopped them in 1565. It's modern, I believe.

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