The Good, the Bad and the Underground: Andrassy Avenue in Budapest


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May 20th 2018
Published: May 24th 2018
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One of the major streets in Budapest is Andrassy Ut which leads out to Heroes' Square and the huge city park. At the end of the 1800s it was a grand boulevard lined with the homes of the very wealthy. Today it also has some embassies.


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Heroes' Square, at the outbound end of Andrassy  Ut (Avenue)Heroes' Square, at the outbound end of Andrassy  Ut (Avenue)
Heroes' Square, at the outbound end of Andrassy Ut (Avenue)

A broad plaza celebrating heroic incidents and people in Hungary's past, laid out in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of the founding of Hungary.
Splendid horses' tailsSplendid horses' tails
Splendid horses' tails

I was struck by the length and fullness of the horses' tails.
Surmounting the pillar is the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy CrownSurmounting the pillar is the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy Crown
Surmounting the pillar is the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy Crown

This square is also the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Museum of Fine ArtsThe Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts

On the left of the square
The Hall of Art The Hall of Art
The Hall of Art

On the right of the square This entire square celebrates some of the GOOD in Hungarian history and culture.
Now it is known as the House of Terror.Now it is known as the House of Terror.
Now it is known as the House of Terror.

And sunshine illuminates the darkness within.
This sculpture outside the House of Terror is made of heavy chain covering a wall.This sculpture outside the House of Terror is made of heavy chain covering a wall.
This sculpture outside the House of Terror is made of heavy chain covering a wall.

This symbolizes the "Iron Curtain", when Hungary was cut off from the West.
The very first metro in continental Europe ran under Andrassy Avenue.The very first metro in continental Europe ran under Andrassy Avenue.
The very first metro in continental Europe ran under Andrassy Avenue.

Tiny as its trains are, it still operates today.


25th May 2018

The House of Terror and other fine buildings
Well, let's face it, the other buildings are much nicer than the House of Terror. Did you go into it? No doubt, despite its dark history it would have been an interesting place to visit. It's certainly a very grand square and like most grand squares it promotes military power! M xx

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