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Budapest Hungary Memento Park Photos

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Memento Park, Hungary

In the shadow of Stalin's boots stands Memento Park, an open air museum on the edge of Budapest. Displayed in the Park are pieces of art from the Communist era between 1945 and 1989, including statues of Lenin, Marx, and Engels, as well as Hungarian Communist leaders such as Béla Kun, Endre Ságvári and Árpád Szakasits.

After the fall of the Communist regime in Hungary in 1989, many of the Communist statues and monuments were immediately removed. These formed the basis for the current collection in the statue park.

On June 29, 1993, the second anniversary of the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Hungarian territory, the park celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand opening as a public outdoor museum.

marx statue memento park

This is a cubist monument of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, two of the theorists behind the Communist Revolution.

lenin

Vladimir Lenin was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist who served as the Premier of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. A Marxist, his ideas on revolutionary theory became known by others as Leninism, which later developed into the political theory of Marxism–Leninism.

stalin's boots
In 2006 marked a new chapter in the history of Memento Park. A life-sized copy of the Original Stalin Monument in Budapest was built in the park with just bronze shoes on top of the pedestal. Why? Well, during the rebellion against the Communists in Budapest on October 23, 1956, a crowd sawed the 8-meter-tall statue of Stalin off at the knees, leaving only the boots as a mockery of the dictator.
big guy memento park
The Republic of Councils Monument is a giant charging sailor based on a 1919 revolutionary poster. It was finished in 1969 by the artist Kiss István and stood opposite the big Lenin Statue at Dozsa-György-Boulevard, beside the Városliget city park. Today this massive statue dominates Memento Park.
pioneers
This plaque depicts the Union of Working Youth (or Pioneers) a mass youth organization in Hungary for (all) youth between 14 and 26. It was eventually called the Hungarian Young Communist League.
troops at memento park hungary
This monument depicts the Hungarian Soviet Republic, a short-lived Socialist state established in the aftermath of World War I. The state was led by Béla Kun and collapsed when Romanian forces occupied Budapest during the Hungarian-Romanian War. It was the first Communist government to be formed in Europe after the October Revolution in Russia
stalin's boots
In 2006 marked a new chapter in the history of Memento Park. A life-sized copy of the Original Stalin Monument in Budapest was built in the park with just bronze shoes on top of the pedestal. Why? Well, during the rebellion against the Communists in Budapest on October 23, 1956, a crowd sawed the 8-meter-tall statue of Stalin off at the knees, leaving only the boots as a mockery of the dictator.

big guy memento park
The Republic of Councils Monument is a giant charging sailor based on a 1919 revolutionary poster. It was finished in 1969 by the artist Kiss István and stood opposite the big Lenin Statue at Dozsa-György-Boulevard, beside the Városliget city park. Today this massive statue dominates Memento Park.

pioneers
This plaque depicts the Union of Working Youth (or Pioneers) a mass youth organization in Hungary for (all) youth between 14 and 26. It was eventually called the Hungarian Young Communist League.

troops at memento park hungary
This monument depicts the Hungarian Soviet Republic, a short-lived Socialist state established in the aftermath of World War I. The state was led by Béla Kun and collapsed when Romanian forces occupied Budapest during the Hungarian-Romanian War. It was the first Communist government to be formed in Europe after the October Revolution in Russia.

liberation
If you look closely, this monument to liberation works, as for the Hungarian people it was certainly a break from tyranny

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