The 10 most interesting sculptures in Budapest

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Budapest is a very diverse, very interesting city full of beautiful art. Walking on the streets of this city you will find several statues in random places. Let’s see which are the 10 most interesting sculptures in Budapest!

1) Sculptures of Budapest – The Little Princess

The ‘Little princess’ is a statue of a little girl sitting on the railings of the Danube promenade. It’s one of the most popular sculptures in Budapest for tourists to take pictures of/with. It was created by László Marton in 1972. Marton’s eldest daughter used to like playing in a princess costume and this image inspired him to create this statue. Few people know that copies of this sculpture can be found in the Hungarian town of Tapolca and in Japan as well, in front of the concert hall of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space.

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2) Sculptures of Budapest – Policeman statue

An other sculpture that is very popular among tourists is a statue of a policeman, standing on the corner of Zrínyi street and Október 6. street. It was created by Illyés András and it has been standing there since 2008. It was inspired by characteristic faces of the city, and its physique was formed after the artist’s grandfather.

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3) Sculptures of Budapest – Anonymous

The sculpture of Anonymous can be found in Vajdahunyad Castle. It portrays the anonymous author of Gesta Hungarorum (Deeds of the Hungarians), a Polish historian who was later named Gallus Anonymus. It was created by Miklós Ligeti in 1903 and it was donated to the Hungarian nation by Franz Joseph I.

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4) Sculptures of Budapest – Statue of Ferenc Puskás

The statue of Ferenc Puskás can be found in Óbuda. It depicts Ferenc Puskás, the most well-known Hungarian football player, playing with a ball while 3 kids are watching him. Puskás is till to this date regarded as one of the best football players of all time. He was a forward who scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, and 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues.

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5) Sculptures of Budapest – Columbo

The statue of Columbo is one of the newest sculptures in Budapest. It can be found on Miksa Falk Street. It depicts Lieutenant Columbo and his dog from the famous television show “Columbo”. It was unveiled in 2014.

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6) Sculptures of Budapest – The Garden of Philosophy

The Garden of Philosophy ( Filozófiai Kert) is located at the foot of Gellért Hill. It gives place to a group of statues designed by Nándor Wagner that depict well-known religious and spiritual figures such as Abraham, Echnaton, Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tse, Mahatma Gandhi, Daruma Taishi and Saint Francis. This garden, in Wagner’s words, was created “for better mutual understanding”.

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7) Sculptures of Budapest – Shoes on the Danube Bank Monument

The Shoes on the Danube Bank is memorial that was built to honor the people who were killed in Budapest by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II. It represents the shoes of the victims that were shot into the Danube.  It was conceived by film director Can Togay, and created by sculptor Gyula Pauer. You can find it on the east bank of the river.

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8) Sculptures of Budapest – Statue of Ronald Reagan

The statue of Ronald Reagan is standing on Szabadság square. It was created by sculptor István Máté and was unveiled in 2011. The statue honors the former U.S. president’s efforts to end the Cold War.

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9) Sculptures of Budapest – A girl with her dog

This statue was created by sculptor Raffay Dávid. It portrays a girl playing with her dog. This statue can be found very close to the statue of the ‘Little Princes’, on Vigadó square. An interesting fact about its creator is that he already knew that he wanted to be a sculptor when he was only 3 years old.

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10) Sculptures of Budapest – Statue of Attila József

Attila József was a Hungarian poet. He is one the most prominent figures of Hungarian litterature and his poems are taught in every Hungarian primary and secondary school. He had quite a difficult life and at the age of 32 he commited suicide.

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