The Heroes' Square during the Blue Hour. Budapest, Hungary.

The Heroes’ Square during the Blue Hour. Budapest, Hungary.

The Heroes’ Square In Budapest (Hősök tere)

The monument in the middle of the square was built to commemorate the 1000-year-old history of the Magyars who descended from Asia in the Ural Mountains. Archangel Gabriel stands on top of the center pillar, holding the sacred crown and the double cross of Christianity. The seven chieftains who led the Magyar tribes to Hungary could be viewed on the stand below. Statues of kings and other important historical figures stand on top of the colonnades on either side of the center pillar.

The Heroes Square was created in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of Hungary, Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere) is the largest and most striking square of the city. Situated at the end of Andrássy Avenue and adjacent to City Park, Heroes’ Square is one of the most visited sights in Budapest. Surrounded by two major buildings, Museum of Fine Arts on the left and Kunsthalle (Hall of Art) on the right, Heroes’ Square is also a station of the Millennium Underground.

When the monument was originally assembled, Hungary was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and thus the last five spaces for statues on the left of the colonnade were reserved for members of the ruling Habsburg dynasty. The Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed thereafter. The Habsburg emperors were replaced with Hungarian freedom fighters once the monument was rebuilt after World War II.

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ExposureManual exposure, 1/20 sec, f/8, ISO 100
CameraSony A7II
LensSony FE 24-240mm
LocationBudapest, Hungary

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