Set at the end of Andrassy Avenue at the entrance to the City Park, Heroes' Square (Hosök tere) is an iconic city monument. One of Budapest's top visitor attractions, it is a memorial dedicated to historically great leaders of the nation who have contributed to the story of Hungary over the centuries. Why not start your journey here in a historic fashion and take the vintage metro M1 line. This is one of the oldest metro systems in the world and has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In fact, Heroes' Square, Andrassy Avenue, the Banks of the Danube and the Buda Castle Quarter are all protected under this title.
The largest square in Budapest
The arc-shaped structure was constructed near the end of the 19th century in commemoration of the 1,000-year anniversary of the Magyar Conquest of Hungary in 895. Standing proudly on the square is the Millennium Monument, a cenotaph dedicated to the heroes who gave their lives for the independence of the country. Although designed in 1894 it actually took 35 years to complete. At the top of the centerpiece column is a dominant statue of the archangel Gabriel. On the stand below, admire the seven chieftains who led the Magyar tribes to Hungary. In the semi-circular colonnades, the statues represent kings and men who have impacted and shaped the history of Hungary over the years in areas such as war, peace, work, welfare, knowledge and glory.
Ancient to modern art
It only seems fitting that in a square dedicated to the country's history is home to the two finest art venues in the city: Museum of Fine Arts and Palace of Art. Delve further into what shapes this nation and the rest of Europe with an extensive collection of paintings by some of the world's most famous artists and sculptures representing Antiquity, Egypt and the Middle Ages. The Palace of Art links the past to the modern day and is a cultural institution in Budapest. It brings together a temporary exhibition hall and contemporary world music across all genres.