Croatian Diary - August 12: Siklós - Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - part 2

by Björn Roose May. 07, 2020 345 views
Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - "Turkish-Hungarian Friendship Park" (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - "Turkish-Hungarian Friendship Park" (August 12)

This ambiguity with regard to the Turkish occupiers is also indicative of the rest of the city, it appears. The museum in the castle can certainly not be blamed to favour its defenders, on the contrary, a lot of attention is paid to the culture and belief of the occupiers. And the Turkish-Hungarian Friendship Park that we visit after our visit to the city is very much nuts. The "Friendship Park", financed by the Turkish government, originally only contained a statue of Pasha Ali. This only changed after an extensive and protracted Hungarian nationalist protest: when the park was renovated, a few years after its opening, a bust of Zrinski was added in addition to Ali's bust. It is likely that this was also the moment when a whole series of signs were placed in the park with text and explanation of the "friendship". Text and explanation that mainly refers to ... the Turkey of Ataturk, a Turkey that has nothing to do with the Ottoman Empire in which Ali ruled and as far as I know nothing with Turkey today (which, as is generally known, has been busy for some decades putting aside Ataturk's legacy).

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

Szigetvár (Magyarország/Hungary) - Fortress (August 12)

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