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One of Budapest's most history-laden spots, the enormous Heroes' Square is framed by art museums near the City Park. But the main focal point here is Millennium Memorial, a tall column and colonnade structure completed in 1900 that commemorates the Hungarian conquering of the area a thousand years before (hence the name) and the founding of Hungary in 1896. The statues decorating the memorial depict the seven chieftains of the Magyars, and the figure atop the column is the archangel Gabriel. Fun fact: The first underground subway in continental Europe, built in 1896, terminated here. Be sure to visit at night because the square is even more majestic when lit up.
By Kimberly Bradley , AFAR Local Expert
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Museums, Parks, and Concerts in Heroes' Square, Budapest
Director Paul Feig found plenty to do in Heroes' Square. His long walks around Budapest, where he lived for six months while working on his 2015 film, Spy, ended at the square, where he found museums, public parks, and fun concerts.
By Andrew Richdale, AFAR Contributor
On a night walk around Budapest, I followed the sounds of music into City Park. It was my first night in Budapest and didn't realize that some sort of music festival was going on. After listening to a number of different musicians and musical groups I started walking back to my hotel for the night. As I was exiting the park, I looked up and Heroes Square looked almost magical in the way it was illuminated. I stopped on the bridge between City Park and Heroes Square and took this picture.
By Troy Stiles
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