Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A place of history, new and old

One of the monuments clearly visible over Budapest that I noticed in February was this one, the Liberty Statue on Gellert Hill. Erected by the Soviets in 1947 it was originally to commemorate the victory over Nazi-Germany, but after democracy replaced communism in 1989 the inscription was changed from "Erected by the grateful Hungarian Nation in memory of the liberating Russian heroes" to "To the memory of all of those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and success of Hungary." Budapest is truly a place of history, both new and old.