The Liberty Statue in Budapest


The Liberty Statue in Budapest stands on the highest hill overlooking the city.   It is a 14m bronze statue of a lady holding a palm leaf, and is on a 26m pedestal, so can be seen from many parts of Budapest.

The statue itself has a bit of mixed history.   Initially, it was constructed in 1947 to commemorate the liberation of Hungary from the Nazi regime by the Soviets in WWII.  However, that was before Hungary realized that their “rescuers” had no intentions of leaving anytime soon, and that they (the Hungarians) had to endure the Communist ideology that the new bosses imposed.  The original inscription on the statue read :

“To the memory of the liberating Soviet heroes [erected by] the grateful Hungarian people [in] 1945”.

The Soviets finally left Hungary in 1991, Hungary went from Communist rule to democracy,  and the inscription on the statue now reads :

“To the memory of all those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom and success of Hungary”

Liberty Statue, Budapest

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chithankalai
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 17:14:54

    Reblogged this on chithankalai.

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  2. Agnes
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 21:34:49

    Thank you for this nice post! It was great to read.

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  3. julial213
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 23:51:57

    Thanks for the picture. My maternal grandparents were Hungarian and I enjoy reading post from people who have visited there. I don’t think I’ll ever get there, but that’s one of the nice things about WordPress, you get to see others travels and enjoy it that way. ~Julia

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  4. lisadorenfest
    Apr 26, 2016 @ 04:51:55

    Beautiful composition and lighting.

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  5. Lynz Real Cooking
    Apr 26, 2016 @ 13:56:41

    a lovely picture and informative post Joan! Thanks!

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  6. kutukamus
    Apr 26, 2016 @ 22:17:53

    I guess it’s a good thing that there is an honest Lady Liberty after all 🙂

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  7. knittingwithheart
    Apr 30, 2016 @ 07:22:29

    Such an interesting history for that statue! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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  8. Mahdi A
    Sep 02, 2016 @ 09:19:39

    Thanks for the post I liked it, I did a picture of it when I was there on a cloudy day…

    http://www.mahdiaridjphotography.com/en/portfolio/budapest/

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