Sunday in Varosliget (City Park) and Heroes' Square

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if there's an empty space, somebody will decorate it

It was really chilly today with a high of 51 degrees.  When we walked along Andrassy Street to Heroes’ Square, we walked briskly.  The first section was through a city landscape of large city townhouses.  One of them was used by both the Nazis and later the Communists as headquarters of the Secret Police.  It’s now a museum appropriately called “The House of Terror”.  Supposedly there was controversy when the museum opened because it displays photos of the collaborators, living and dead, punished and unpunished.

 

On down the street little museums for Franz Lizt, Eastern Art and Kodaly have taken over some of the townhouses before you reach what was a suburb area.  These suburban mansions are now mostly embassies and beautifully maintained.  I was happily photographing the ornate details and dodging trams (this area has great public transportation if you don’t want to walk).

 

Heroes’ Square is about 2 miles from the Chain Bridge and was built for the 1896 Millennium Celebrations.

Jak Chapel in City Park
  The Millennium Monument in the center of the vast square has statues of various Hungarian heroes.  The Palace of Art (great building but not much to see inside) and the Museum of Fine Arts (worth a visit) face each other across the square.  The Museum had a photography exhibit while we were there with some arresting photos from 1900’s.  It was one of the best exhibits I’ve ever seen and I’ve been dragging my husband to photo exhibits for years.  Even he liked it; it was that good.  I had never seen work by Martin Muscek before and that alone was the highlight of Budapest for me.

 

The City Park (around Heroes’ Square) has lakes, a zoo, gardens, the Szechenyi Baths, the Jak Chapel, and the Statue of Anonymous (the Unknown Soldier).

in memory of lost companions
  Anonymous is a haunting statue and I was lucky enough to get a photo of a war vet standing next to it.

 

We stopped at the Anonymous cafĂ©, had salads and a beer, and watched local families with their children play in the park.  If you get lost on the way out as we did you will also see the Transportation Museum. 

 

We think we walked about 10 miles today (my husband says 20 but he’s been known to exaggerate) and were too tired to even think about going out for dinner. 

 

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Jak Chapel in City Park
Jak Chapel in City Park
in memory of lost companions
in memory of lost companions
building decoration
building decoration
House of Terror, home of previous …
House of Terror, home of previous…
too much tokay?
too much tokay?
mansion near City Park
mansion near City Park
decorated balcony
decorated balcony
a group of townhouses
a group of townhouses
Heroes Square
Heroes' Square
the Museum of Fine Arts
the Museum of Fine Arts
from the Museum of Fine Arts
from the Museum of Fine Arts
the Palace of Art
the Palace of Art
the Szchenyi Baths
the Szchenyi Baths
inside the baths
inside the baths
inside the baths
inside the baths
in City Park
in City Park
Sunday in the park
Sunday in the park
Valdahunyad Castle has the Museum …
Valdahunyad Castle has the Museum…
strange rust colored pigeon
strange rust colored pigeon
detail from Jak Chapel
detail from Jak Chapel
Unknown Soldier Memorial
Unknown Soldier Memorial
the Transport Museum
the Transport Museum
Vines and pigeons are taking over …
Vines and pigeons are taking over…
Zoo entrance
Zoo entrance
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photo by: Chokk