Budapest (Hungary) - 2015 - Memento Park

by Björn Roose November. 10, 2018 659 views
Budapest - Memento Park - Republic of Councils Monument

Budapest - Memento Park - Republic of Councils Monument

Budapest - Memento Park - Baracks

Budapest - Memento Park - Baracks

Budapest - Memento Park - Red Army soldier

Budapest - Memento Park - Red Army soldier

Budapest - Memento Park - Republic of Councils Monument

Budapest - Memento Park - Republic of Councils Monument

Budapest - Memento Park - Republic of Councils Monument

Budapest - Memento Park - Republic of Councils Monument

Budapest - Memento Park - Soviet-Hungarian Friendship

Budapest - Memento Park - Soviet-Hungarian Friendship

Budapest - Memento Park - Stalin's boots - Replica of what remained when Stalin's statue was taken down during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Budapest - Memento Park - Stalin's boots - Replica of what remained when Stalin's statue was taken down during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

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).

You can find out more about the park here (in English). And you can find all the photos I took in Budapest in 2015 here.

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George Kunschman 1 year, 4 months ago

It is strange how times in history should be remembered and there are some that do not want to talk about or remember. My opinion is that those eras are life lessons. Objects, statues, tell a story without a word being spoken. Beforehand mentioned want all those objects removed, destroyed so they cannot tell the story. There are those in my own Country that are removing these objects because "they want to forget" that era of history. Maybe years and years from now their movement will be remembered as the same.

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Björn Roose Replied to George Kunschman 1 year, 4 months ago

I know what you mean, George, albeit that there is a difference between the anger of a people that was in a nationwide jail for decades and the political "correctness" movement that would not only want to clean the streets of every symbol it does not like but also the language of every word that does not fit into its "thinking". The latter are trying to change reality by destroying symbols, the first are merely following reality. Places like Memento Park are a good for the latter.

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