Statue Park, Budapest

dsc02882For just 1000 Forints, one can enter the Status Park just outside Budapest in Hungary, a bizarre collection of Soviet status from the Communist regime not just throughout Hungary, but also other former satellite states.

While there are a great number of statues continuing to be restored and the park itself remains unfinished, it is definitely worth a visit if one is staying in Budapest for a few days.

Ordinarily such striking communist symbols would have ended up on a scrap heap, but instead Hungary made the decision to collect the historic and cultural items missing from most other former Communist countries, and used them to create the Statue Park, now home to more than 40 busts, statues and plaques of Lenin, Marx, Belun Kun and ‘heroic’ members of the proletariat.

The sheer scale of the individual monuments is incredible, particularly when one considers some were built as recently at the 1980s.

In order to visit the Statue Park, take tram 19 from 1 Batthyany ter in Buda or tram 49 from V Deak Ferenc ter in Pest or red-numbered bus 7 from V Ferenciek tere in Pest to the terminus at XI Etele ter.  From the square, catch a yellow Volan bus from stand 7 to Diosd-Erd and get off at the fifth stop.

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Memento Park

1223 Budapest

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Hungary

Open daily from 10 a.m. until sunset

www.mementopark.hu

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