The Heroes' Square, Budapest

The morning after we had our river cruise on Danube, we visited another historical site in Budapest named the Heroes' Square. The square is noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Heroes' Square, Budapest

At the front of the monument, you will find a large stone cenotaph surrounded by an ornamental iron chain. The cenotaph is dedicated "to the memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the freedom of our people and our national independence." To be honest with you, I thought this is a real tomb but Wikipedia states that this is not a burial place. 

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Budapest Hungary

Directly behind the cenotaph is a column topped by the statue of the archangel, Gabriel. He holds the Holy Crown of St Stephen (the first king of Hungary) in his right hand. In the other hand, he holds a two barred apostolic cross, a symbol awarded to St Stephen by the Pope in recognition of his efforts to convert Hungary to Christianity. At the bottom of the column, there are the status of the Chieftains of the Magyars. 

The Chieftains of Magyars at the Heroes' Square Budapest

They look like they come out from the Lords of the Rings movie somehow. I wonder if they come alive at night. Hahaha.

At the back of the monument, there are two matched colonnades, each with seven statues of great figures of Hungarian history. A lot of those figures are conquerors who has won great battles in the past. Stephen I of Hungary is one of them. 

Historical Figures Colonnade at the Heroes' Square Budapest Hungary

There is a castle at the side of the road opposite the Heroes' Square. It looks beautiful from afar. Too bad, we did not have enough time to explore the castle. =(

Castle in Budapest Hungary

If you don't want to be photobombed by so many people, you are advised to visit the Heroes' Square in the morning. We visited the square around 9AM and there is only another tour group joining us.

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