One of Budapest, Hungary’s most famous sites to visit is Heroes’ Square, or Hősök tere. The Seven Chieftains are surrounding the middle column to symbolize the clan leaders making their way to find the Magyar folk into modern-day Hungary. The Seven Chieftains are the founder of Hungary, Árpád, and the others including Előd, Huba, Kond, Ond, Tas, and Tétény. On top of the column is the archangel Gabriel while he holds the crown of the first Hungarian king, St. Stephen, and a two barred apostolic cross. The apostolic cross was given to St. Stephen by the Pope for converting Hungary to Christianity.

Heroes’ Square has not only the Seven Chieftains, but important Hungarian figures too. On the left of the column, one can see Stephen I, Saint Ladislaus,  Coloman the Learned, Andrew II, Béla IV, Charles I, and Louis I. To the right shows John Hunyadi, Matthias Corvinus, Stephen Bocskai, Gabriel Bethlen, Imre Thököly, Francis II Rákóczi, and Louis Kossuth. In front of the column, there lies the Memorial Stone of Heroes. Don’t be mistaken though, it gets the claim of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It contains no actual remnants of unidentifiable people whose lives were lost for the country. The actual Memorial Stone of Heroes is just a cenotaph.

Nearby is a castle known as the Vajdahunyad Castle. This castle was built in memoriam of the 1,000 years since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian Basin. Originally, it was a temporary structure made from wood planks and cardboard, to now a permanent one that was built from 1904-1908. Featuring copies of different landmarks from the Kingdom of Hungary over a large span of time, the inside contains architecture from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque eras.

0