Set at the end of Andrassy Avenue at the entrance to the City Park, Heroes’ Square is an iconic city monument. One of Budapest’s top visitor attractions, it is a memorial dedicated to historically great leaders of the nation who have contributed to the story of Hungary over the centuries. Why not start your journey here in a historic fashion and take the vintage metro M1 line. This is one of the oldest metro systems in the world and has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In fact, Heroes’ Square, Andrassy Avenue, the Banks of the Danube and the Buda Castle Quarter are all protected under this title.
The arc-shaped structure was constructed near the end of the 19th century in commemoration of the 1,000 year anniversary of the Magyar Conquest of Hungary in 895. Standing proudly on the square is the Millennium Monument. Although designed in 1894 it actually took 35 years to complete. At the top of the centerpiece column is a dominant statue of the archangel Gabriel. Surrounding that, the statues represent men who have impacted and shaped the history of Hungary over the years in areas such as war, peace, work, welfare, knowledge and glory.
Ancient to modern artIt only seems fitting that in a square dedicated to the country’s history is home to the two finest art venues in the city: Museum of Fine Arts and Palace of Art. Delve further into what shapes this nation and the rest of Europe with an extensive collection of paintings by some of the world’s most famous artists and sculptures representing Antiquity, Egypt and the Middle Ages. The Palace of Art links the past to the modern day and is a cultural institution in Budapest. It brings together a temporary exhibition hall and contemporary world music across all genres.
Heroes’ Square is situated 2km from the Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest and can easily be reached by public transport. It is also worth taking the stroll along Andrassy Avenue and taking in the sights on your way there.