The city of the random statues
Have you ever wondered why there are so many statues in the Hungarian capital? You just simply cannot walk around the city for 5 minutes without bumping into at least one carved or bronze figure. Or two… Or even more in the inner city, where you will find interesting sculptures staring silently on each and every corner.
Who are these fellows?
Of course, Hungarians like paying homage to their former kings, poets, authors, martyrs, freedom fighters and all their heroes. And people admire them every day and they won’t be forgotten. Generations are encapsulated in these sculptures.
There was a time when you could also see gigantic bronze communist leaders and huge concrete waving comrades all over the place. But this period is over. All those statues are gone from the inner city and can only be seen in the open air museum, called Memento Park. But the real heroes stayed. And new ones emerged.
But what happens when you walk around the piece of art but there is no name or date indicated… You do research but find nothing or maybe different urban legends, but no real story. These are the real random statues of this city, the silent watchdogs, your most loyal friends, the never resting observers of daily life and the witnesses of big and important happenings. Who are they? Sometimes actually there is no historical figure or real story behind them. (Or it is just too mysterious to be real..)
Hungarians have these statues for fun. They make the city more friendly, they become part of it. They tell the stories of the people and the history of the place. They speak without words, but they are proud to remind you of their telling of time. Each and every one of them is a bit of an icon in Budapest. And people just simply love them.
Good luck charms
And why do they all have a shiny part? Because you have to rub the shiny bit so that it brings you good luck. (Or polish them a little more, so others will think it brings them good luck…) Who needs four-leaf clovers or horseshoes if there is a lucky charm on each corner?