Between the 1890s and the 1910s huge investments made Budapest a modern metropolis.
Heroes’ Square, this majestic gateway to City Park was erected in 1896.
The first metro of continental Europe was built also that time and it is still in use. Several market halls were built, such as the Great Market Hall and the Hungarian Parliament building was founded also at that time. The restoration and redesign of Matthias Church and the construction of Fisherman’s Bastion are also examples of the huge developments of the 1890s.
Heroes’ Square played the main role of the Millennial Celebrations. It commemorates the 1000-year anniversary of the arriving and settling down of the nomadic Magyar tribes in the Carpathian Basin.
The monument is a physical representation of Hungarian history.
In the center, the 7 original tribal leaders are shown on horseback.
The 36-meter-tall column in the middle of the square that is impressive even from a distance, has a figure of Archangel Gabriel, presenting the crown to the founding king.
The huge semicircular colonnade shows 14 statues of men who had major impacts on Hungary’s history.
Let’s take a look at these sculptures with some information and translations of the text inscribed below them.
Surrounding the central column, the chieftains are shown on horseback, wearing their medieval armour.
They were the tribal leaders who led the Magyars to the Carpathian Basin around A.D. 896.