This millennial monument is one of the most visited sites in Budapest. Heroes Square is also known as Hősök tere in Hungarian. It was constructed in 1896 to celebrate 1000 years since the arrival of Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin. It stands 36 metres tall at its highest point and has multiple figures as the focus point of the monument.
There are 14 figures on display within the monument; each of them was an influential character that contributed greatly to Hungarian history thus leaving a large impact on the country today. 7 of the figures represent tribal chieftains who originally formed the country. The other 7 figures include Saint Stephen who was the first King of Hungary and the man to formulate the country into a Christian state.
At the top of the 36 metre tower, Archangel Gabriel can be seen handing a crown down to the first King of the country and this statue acts as the centerpiece of Heroes Square.
The monument is not the only photogenic thing in the square, the tiled floor that surrounds the monument has some mosaic patterns on it that provide great symmetry for your photos. Andrássy Avenue, probably the most famous street in Budapest is beautiful to take photos of too, the long tree lined road provides a stunning vanishing point and seems to go on forever.
As previously mentioned, this is one of the most popular tourist historical sites in Budapest so it will get busy as the day goes on. I took one set of photos during a busy hour and came back later on my trip for a shoot at sunrise.
This monument is very fun to take photos of but make sure you are using a wide-angle lens or stand further back when taking photos of it.
How to get there:
Take the Metro (M1) to Hősök tere.
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