As I mentioned in my previous post, I fell in love with the Hungarian capital from the first time I "met" her. And as I said that love has resulted in an amazing number of photos from the city (and later, since 2016, from the wider region of Budapest and bigger parts of the country). So, today and the coming days some further postings having Budapest as a subject.
Memento Park is, I think, pretty unique. It's kind of a sanctuary for statues. Not just any statues, but statues dating from the period in which Hungary was "the happiest barack in the socialist camp": the period of the Moscow controlled communist dictatorship. Hungarians were, as all the other people in the former Eastern Bloc (which is actually not a good name, because Hungary is a Central European country - it's next to Austria -, not an Eastern European one), pretty happy to get rid of communism and did thus not - and I'm using mild words - insist on keeping the memories of that period. Lots of statues were destroyed, but in 1991, not even two years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the new Hungarian government decided to create a park in which a number of the more carefully removed statues would be on view. As the architect said: "This park is about dictatorship. And at the same time, because it can be talked about, described, built, this park is about democracy. After all, only democracy is able to give the opportunity to let us think freely about dictatorship." Since 1993 the park is open to the public (the entrance fee is really not worth mentioning: 1500 forint (which is about 4 euros).