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Heroes’ Square, Hősök tere in Hungarian, is most famous for its statue complex, the Millennium Memorial. The complex was completed in 1900, and named Heroes’ Square in 1929. The Millennium Monument, also known as the Millennium Monument or Millenary Monument, features statues of leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century, as well as other important figures of Hungarian history.

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While Heroes’s Square is one of Budapest’s biggest cultural attractions, the city has three other Hősök teres, in Rákosliget, Békásmegyer, and Rákosliget. The Millennium Memorial square, however, is by far the most well known and most visited. The reason the Millennium Memorial Heroes’ Square is the most celebrated and well known is because of the sculpture and statuary that composes the monument. At the foot of the monument stands a stone cenotaph encapsulated by an iron chain. The cenotaph reads, “To the memory of the heroes who gave their lives for the freedom of our people and our national independence.” The Square is as much political as it is aesthetic. The two colonnades that sit behind the cenotaph feature the instrumental figures of Hungarian history.

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The optimal location for tourists of Budapest, Heroes’ Square is flanked by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Arts. Besides the picturesque nature of Heroes’ Square and the two cultural institutions that surround it, the square is a particularly tourist-friendly and hangout-worthy area. The square is situated at the end of Andrássy Avenue, and beside the immaculately groomed City Park. This entire area makes up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The district surrounding the square is home to a host of restaurants and shops that are sure to keep you busy if you decide you’ve taken in enough culture for one day.

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Tucker is a junior at Fordham University studying Political Science and Art History. He enjoys food, historical nonfiction, and Netflix marathons.

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  1. Beautiful photos! I was booked to go to Budapest about 18 months ago and ended up having to cancel due to a family emergency. Really keen to try again soon. It looks like such a beautiful city.

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