Budapest Monuments

Budapest Monuments
The Hungarian capital city of Budapest offers a wide range of cultural and historic attractions along with outdoor activities. Visitors can take walking or bike tours of the city, enjoy hiking and biking at the Budai Tajvedelmi Kortzet national park, or go swimming in the outdoor pool at Paskal Strandfurdo. Historical and cultural attractions include a variety of national monuments, including cathedrals, memorials, government buildings, burial sites and bridges.

Millennium Monument

The Millennium Monument, located at 1146 Hosok ter in Budapest's District 14, contains the Monument of Heroes and two museums, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Hall. Two pantheons surround the monument and contain statues of Hungarian governors, kings and leaders. Statues include depictions of formers kings, including Louis I, Stephen I, Coloman of Hungary, Andrew II, Ladislaus I, Charles I and Bela IV.

Liberation Monument

Completed in 1947, the 14-meter-high Liberation Monument stands as a tribute to the liberation of Budapest from Germany in 1945. The statue atop the monument features a female figure holding a palm as a symbol of victory. The Liberation Monument is located on Gellert Hill.

Hungarian National Gallery

The Hungarian National Gallery, formerly the Royal Palace of Buda, holds thousands of artworks, including drawings, prints, paintings, medal works and sculptures. Collections include Renaissance and medieval stone carvings, 19th-century sculptures, wood sculptures of the Gothic Period, Baroque art, panel paintings and the artworks of Hungarian painters Laszlo Paal and Mihaly Munkacsy. The Hungarian National Gallery offers tours, with advanced reservations required, and is located at Szent Gyorgy ter 2.

Hungarian Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament building, constructed in a Gothic Revival style, houses the seat of Hungarian government and contains collections of historic paintings and sculptures. The Dome Hall in the main entrance, created by Hungarian architect Imre Steindl, contains the coats of arms of Hungarian rulers, along with a collection of statues. The Deputy Council Chamber houses a collection of statues depicting Hungarian industry, commerce and technical sciences. The Old Upper House Hall includes painted ceilings and the artworks of historical figures by the 19th-century painter Zsigmond Vajda. Visitors can enjoy tours Monday to Sunday, available in English, German, French, Russian, Hebrew, Italian and Spanish. The Hungarian Parliament building is located at Kossuth ter 1-3.

Tomb of Gul Baba

Maintained by the Turkish government as a Muslim shrine, the Tomb of Gul Baba celebrates the life of the Ottoman Bektashi dervish poet who died in 1541. The monument is located on II. Mecset u. 14 in Buda's Hill of Roses District, and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge over the Danube River, opened in 1849, connects Buda and Pest. The bridge led to the initial economic growth that turned Budapest into a major European city. The Chain Bridge was also the site of 1989 political demonstrations prior to the fall of the Soviet Union.

Article Written By Michael Evans

Michael Evans was born in Memphis, Tenn. He graduated from The University of Memphis, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. His primary course of study was photography and film production. He first began writing professionally for iOwn Inc. in 1997, and was published by LensWork Magazine in 2003.

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