The Statues of Budapest

If you have been to Budapest, Hungary, you would know that the city is filled with statues of all kinds. From statues of notable Hungarians like Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary, to the Turul, a Hungarian mythical creature, these monuments serve as reminders and story-tellers of Budapest’s history and legacies.

Generations and years of history have been encapsulated in these statues, and they can be found in almost every district of Budapest.

Here are some of the statues you might see when walking around the city…

Saint Stephen, the first King of Hungary

Where: Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle Hill

Regarded as the founder of the Kingdom of Hungary, Saint Stephen is one of the most popular saints in the country. This bronze statue of him on horseback was sculpted in 1906 by Hungarian artist Alajos Stróbl.

Attila József, famous Hungarian poet

Where: Kossuth ter, south of the Parliament

Attila József was one of the nation’s most important and best-loved poets in the 20th century. His poems have been translated into many languages and are taught in literature classes around the world. Sadly, he suffered from a mental illness and died at the age of 32 after being hit by a train when crawling on a railway line. His dejected pose and gaunt frame symbolises the struggle of within the Hungarian people throughout history.

Anonymous, medieval Hungarian

Where: City Park, courtyard of Vajdahunyad Castle

The figure in the statue was a chronicler to the King Béla, and was the first medieval Hungarian chronicler, providing an insight into the history of the early Magyars.  His identity is difficult to ascertain, leaving him anonymous. This statue by sculptor Miklós Ligeti pays tribute to the nameless storyteller.

Turul

Where: Castle Hill

The Turul is a Hungarian mythical creature, the most important bird in the myth of the Magyars. It is a divine messenger, and a symbol of power, strength, and nobility. It is often represented carrying the flaming Sword of God (sword of Attila), and bearing a crown.

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