Memento Park

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Memento Park
Main entrance of the Memento Park.JPG
Main entrance of with Lenin, Marx and Engels
Type Historical theme park
Location Budapest, Hungary
Created 1993

Memento Park is an open air museum in Budapest, dedicated to monumental statues from Hungary's Communist period (1949–1989). There are statues of Lenin, Marx, and Engels, and several Hungarian Communist leaders. The park was designed by Hungarian architect, Ákos Eleőd, who won the competition announced by the Budapest General Assembly (Fővárosi Közgyűlés) in 1991. Thus the architect: "This park is about dictatorship. And at the same time, because it can be talked about, described, built, this park is about democracy. After all, only democracy is able to give the opportunity to let us think freely about dictatorship."

Participants of a "Red Star Tour" in the Memento Park

History[edit]

After the fall of the Communist regime in Hungary in 1989, many of the Communist statues and monuments were immediately removed. These formed the basis for the current collection in statue park. On June 29, 1993, the second anniversary of the withdrawal of the Soviet troops from Hungarian territory, the park celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand opening as a public outdoor museum.

In 2006 marks a new chapter in the history of Memento Park. A life-sized copy of the tribune of the Stalin Monument in Budapest was built in the Statue Park with the broken bronze shoes on top of the pedestal. This is not an accurate copy of the original but only an artistic recreation by Ákos Eleőd.

In 2007 a new exhibition hall and a small movie theater was opened in Memento Park. The photo exhibition called “Stalin’s Boots” in the exhibition hall takes the viewer through the history of the 1956 revolution, of the 1989-1990 political changes and of Memento Park – with both English and Hungarian captions. In the barracks-theater one can see The Life of an Agent, a documentary on the methods used by the secret police, directed by Gábor Zsigmond Papp.[citation needed] The film is being shown with English subtitles.

Sculptures, monuments and plaques[edit]

The Wall behind the Scenes[edit]

Sculpture name
(Original name)
Author Year Construction material Original location
Lenin
(Lenin)
Pátzay Pál 1965 bronze Felvonulási tér (parallel to street Dozsa Gyorgy and beside the Városliget city park)
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
(Marx és Engels)
Segesdi György 1971 granite from Mauthausen V. ker. Jászai Mari tér (at the main entrance of the communist party headquarters)

The Endless Parade of Liberation Monuments[edit]

Sculpture name
(Original name)
Author Year Construction material Original location
Red army soldier statue
(Felszabadító szovjet katona)
Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl 1947 bronze Part of the Liberation Monument at the top of the Gellért Hill
Hungarian-Soviet Friendship Memorial
(A magyar-szovjet barátság emlékműve)
Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl 1956 bronze X. Pataki (ma: Szent László) tér
Liberation Monument
(Felszabadulási emlékmű)
Kiss István 1971 limestone XIV. Thököly street, 141.
Liberation Memorial Stone
(Felszabadulási emlékkő)
Unknown 1960 stone I. Dísz tér
Soviet Heroic Memorial
(Szovjet hősi emlékmű)
László Péter 1951 limestone XII: Széchenyi hegy, Rege park
Soviet-Hungarian Friendship
(Szovjet-magyar barátság emlékműve)
Búza Barna 1975 pyrogranit X. Kőbánya-Óhegy, Barátság park
Soviet Heroic Memorial
(Szovjet hősi emlékmű)
Mikus Sándor 1970 bronze XVI. Rákosszentmihály, Hősök tere
Soviet Heroic Memorial
(Felszabadulási emlékmű)
Kalló Viktor 1965 bronze XIII. Béke tér
Soviet Heroic Memorial
(Felszabadulási emlékmű)
Kalló Viktor 1965 limestone XIII. Béke tér
Soviet Heroic Memorial
(Szovjet Hősi emlékmű)
Megyeri Barna 1948 limestone XVII. Kasztel András street

The Endless Parade of Personalities of the Workers Movement[edit]

Sculpture name
(Original name)
Author Year Construction material Original location
Lenin Relief
(Lenin-emléktábla)
Szabó Iván 1970 bronze VII. Lenin (ma: Erzsébet) tér
Georgi Dimitrov bust
(Dimitrov mellszobor)
Jordan Kracsmarov 1954 bronze V. Dimitrov (ma: Fővám) tér
Georgi Dimitrov statue
(Dimitrov szobor)
Valentin Sztarcsev 1983 bronze V. Dimitrov (ma: Fővám) tér
Béla Kun, Jenő Landler and Tibor Szamuely Memorial
(Munkásmozgalmi harcosok emlékműve)
Olcsai-Kiss Zoltán, Herczeg Klára, Farkas Aladár 1967 bronze VIII. Kun Béla (ma: Ludovika) tér
Lenin
(Lenin)
Unknown soviet statue 1958 bronze XXI. Csepel, Vasmű főbejárat
József Kalamár Bust
(Kalamár József mellszobor)
Gyenes Tamás 1957 bronze XXI. Kalamár József (ma: Szent István) street
János Asztalos Memorial Plaque
(Asztalos János emléktábla)
Nagy István János 1968 stone VIII. Nagyvárad tér
Róbert Kreutz Memorial Plaque
(Kreutz Róbert emléktábla)
Kiss Nagy András 1977 bronze VIII. Asztalos János Ifjúsági Park (ma: Orczy Kert)
Béla Kun Memorial Plaque
(Kun Béla emléktábla)
Kalló Viktor 1989 bronze XXI. Tanácsház (ma: Szent Imre) tér
Endre Ságvári Bust
(Ságvári Endre mellszobor)
Baksa Soós György 1949 bronze V. Városház street 9-11.
Árpád Szakasits bust
(Szakasits Árpád szobra)
Marton László 1988 bronze XI. Szakasits Árpád (ma: Etele) street
Béla Kun Memorial
(Kun Béla emlékmű)
Varga Imre 1986 bronze,chromium,copper I. Vérmező-park
Ferenc Münnich statue
(Münnich Ferenc szobra)
Kiss István 1986 bronze V. Néphadsereg (ma: Honvéd) tér
Ede Chlepkó Bust
(Chlepkó Ede mellszobor)
Szabó György 1980 bronze XIX. Chlepkó Ede tér (ma: Ötvenhatosok tere)
Kálmán Turner Memorial Plaque
(Turner Kálmán emléktábla)
unknown 1959 marble IX. Soroksári street
Kató Hámán Memorial Plaque
(Hámán Kató emléktábla)
unknown 1959 marble IX: Mester street, 59.

The Unending Promenade of Worker's Movement Concepts[edit]

Sculpture name
(Original name)
Author Year Construction material Original location
Workers' and Soldiers' Council Memorial Plaque
(A Munkás és Katonatanács emléktáblája)
unknown 1959 marble I. Szentháromság street, 2.
The Display of the Worker's Militia Monument
(Munkásőr-demonstráció emléktábla)
Kiss Nagy András 1973 bronze VI. November 7. tér (ma: Oktogon) 2.
Workers' Movement Memorial
(Munkásmozgalmi emlékmű)
Kiss István 1976 steel II. Hűvösvölgy
The Hungarian Fighters' in the Spanish International Brigades' Memorial
(A spanyolországi nemzetközi brigádok magyar harcosainak emlékműve)
Makrisz Agamemnon 1968 bronze and stone V. Néphadsereg (ma: Honvéd) tér
Republic of Councils Monument
(Tanácsköztársasági emlékmű)
Kiss István 1969 bronze XIV. Dózsa György street (Felvonulási tér)
The Republic of Councils Pioneers Memorial Plaque
(Béke őrei dombormű)
Ambrózi Sándor and Stöckert Károly 1953 stone II. Pasaréti street, 191-193.
Hungarian Communist Party Memorial Plaque
(KMP ferencvárosi szervezet emléktábla)
unknown 1959 marble IX. Soroksári street
Hungarian Communist Party Printing House Memorial Plaque
(KMP Nyomda emléktábla)
unknown 1955 marble IX. Ráday u. 53.
The Heroes of Peoples' Power Memorial
(A néphatalom hőseinek emlékhelye)
Kalló Viktor 1983 stone VIII. Köztársaság tér
Martyrs Monument
(Az ellenforradalom mártírjainak emlékműve)
Kalló Viktor 1960 stone VIII. Köztársaság tér
The Buda Volunteers Regiment Memorial
(A Budai Önkéntes Ezred emlékműve)
Mészáros Mihály 1975 concrete II. Tárogató street
Ostapenko
(Osztapenkó)
Kerényi Jenő 1951 bronze XI: Budaörsi út - Balatoni út
Captain Steinmetz
(Steinmetz kapitány)
Mikus Sándor 1958 bronze XVIII. Vöröshadsereg (ma: Üllői) street

Events[edit]

Memento Park, beyond its role as a tourist attraction, also functions as a cultural and educational site housing art projects, festivals, professional and public events. There are Retro Festivals, Film Festivals, and several cultural programs. To the youngest visitors, there is a museum-education program that sheds light on the exhibits and helps students to process what they learn. The park is a popular site for tourists. It is accessible by public transportation as well as a direct bus.

Visitor information[edit]

Open: every day 10 am - sunset

Getting there: Public Bus Transport to Memento Park from “Kelenfold vasutallomas – Metro 4″ – with BUS No. 101 and 150 to Budateteny vasutallomas (Campona).

Start time mon-fri in every 10 minutes, sat-sun in every 30 minutes. The ride to Memento Park is ~10-15 min. Day passes, BKK-tickets (prepaid: 350 HUF, on the bus 450 HUF) and Budapest Cards are valid.

To access Kelenfold vasutallomas take one of the following metro stations:

From Pest-side: - Keleti palyaudvar (Keleti Railway Station, Metro No.2) - Rakoczi ter (the grand boulevard, tram No.4 and 6.) - Kalvin ter (National Museum, tram No.47 and 49, Metro No.3) - Fovam ter (the Grand Market Hall, tram No.2)

From Buda-side: - Gellert ter (Gellert Bath, tram No.18, 19, 41) - Moricz Zsigmond ter (tram No.61 from Szell Kalman ter) - Ujbuda Kozpont (Allee Shopping Center)

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Coordinates: 47°25′34.80″N 18°59′56.15″E / 47.4263333°N 18.9989306°E / 47.4263333; 18.9989306