Momento park is an eye opening visit, to appreciate the anguished history of Hungary’s former socialist period, from 1949 – 1989. This open air museum houses dozens of statues of communist leaders such as Lenin, Engels and Marx, which were originally stationed around Budapest, to enforce power over the people. 1989 saw the end of the communist regime, and although many wanted to destroy the icons of dictatorship, the statues were banished to the outskirts of the city, retained as a reminder and celebration of Hungary’s independence.
A significant monument within Momento Park is that of Stalin’s Boots – the remains of the colossal bronze statue that once stood as a symbol of oppression within Budapest. In 1956, revolting crowds removed the statue by sawing it from the knees, marking the start of the Hungarian revolution.
Monuments can also be found representing ‘liberation’, and ‘friendship’ between the Hungarians and Soviets. One sculpture captures an imposing Russian figure, appearing to offer a reluctant outstretched hand to a Hungarian civilian, who is extending two outstretched hands of hopeful friendship.
Momento Park’s grand opening was held in 1993, celebrating the second anniversary of the fall of the communist regime. The park was designed by the Hungarian architect, Ákos Eleod, after winning a design competition. Momento Park is a must see for visitors looking to explore Budapest's history, and many Budapest apartments are conveniently located near to Momento Park and many other landmarks Budapest has to offer.
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