Sándor Petőfi Statue
Sándor Petőfi Statue
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Neighborhood: Belváros-Lipótváros
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  • Ferenciek tere • 5 min walk
  • Vörösmarty tér • 6 min walk
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Oct 2019
A statue of Sándor Petőfi (1823 – 1849) is at the southern end of Pest’s Danube Promenade in Petofi ter. He was a Hungarian poet and a key figures in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. Petőfi was the author of the Nemzeti dal (National Song), which inspired Hungarians to the fight for independence from the Austrian Empire. Petőfi died in the final weeks of the unsuccessful Revolution. The bronze statue (1882, by Miklós Izsó and Adolf Huszár) depicts Petőfi in a long cloak (wrapped in classical style) with his right arm upraised, calling for his nation to unite; while his left hand delivers a scroll with the National Song to the nation. The statue is softly lit at night, and is accessible at all times with no entry fee.
Written March 11, 2020
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George P
Budapest, Hungary73 contributions
Sep 2016
The statue itself will not say much to you, However the surrounding is very modern and appealing.
What that is? Well in its neighbourhood is the Marcius 15. square, which is a modernised up-to-date must see. Here you find a bit of the old town wall of Pest under a glass pavement, and also engraved into the pavement, the contour of the old (before the 1st world war) Hungary's Danube with is towns marked (called on its historical, mostly latin names). Also here you find the Corso. Where you can have a nice stroll with perfect views (Buda Castle and sorrounding hills, etc.).
Ending by the world famous Chain Bridge. So it is a good location to go to actually... :-)
Written September 18, 2016
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Inspire587709
786 contributions
Nov 2019
Alexander Petrovics, Hungary's national poet, was a key figure in the country's quest for independence and died in his mid-twenties. Statue is in a park, near Elisabeth Bridge.
Written October 31, 2020
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
Dec 2019
Where else would the statue of the great poet stand than in the square named after him? Petofi Square is a straight continuation of March 15th square. Both are located downtown on the banks of the Danube, and although Petofi would have the opportunity to look at the Castle across the river or the Danube with its bridges, but he let Attila József brood on the river and he rather recites his famous poem, the National Song, with the manuscript in his hand. The financial support of the erection of the statue was provided by public contributions. The famous sculptor Miklós Izsó received the work, but due to his sudden death, Adolf Huszár completed it. Experts consider it one of the best depictions of Petofi, which I do not intend to argue with because I do not have the necessary qualifications for it. On the other hand as an amateur I can have a private opinion, that isn't matched to the official evaluation. It is a fact that the statue is very impressive indeed, but I do not like it because either this is a highly idealized portrayal of the poet or the known depictions of Petőfi are false. Not all poets have been given the looks to charm their audience with it as much as with their poems. I love the youthful, skinny poet better who with his rakish little mustache and beard tries to look manlier. That appearance suits to his enthusiastic, passionate poems better. Maybe I’m wrong. Go, and have a look, and make your own judgment.
Written December 28, 2019
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Janos1950
Budapest, Hungary20 contributions
Sep 2016
It is not a nice statue of an important personality of the 19th century, but the square where it is standing is one of the demonstrational centers and has one of the nicest view of the city with the Castle Hill, Royal Castle, Gellért Hill, etc.
Written November 2, 2016
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK619,734 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Chanced upon this statue as I was walking along the riverfront and what a great find
This statue is in honour of Sandor Petofi ( 1823-1849 ) a noted Hungarian poet and one of the leading figures in the 1848 Hungarian Revolution.
Petofi was the author of the National Song ( Nemzeti Dal ) an inspirational song that galvanised the Hungarians in their unsuccessful revolt against the Empire of Austria,Sandor Petofi unfortunately died at the end of the revolt.
The statue ,the work of sculptures Miklos Izso & Adolf Huszar is so well detailed showing this great man gesturing to a crowd ,in his left hand is a scroll ,its well worth checking out if you're in the area and easy to locate along Jane Haining Rkp.
Written November 24, 2023
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,464 contributions
Jul 2022
Sándor Petőfi was a poet. His Nemzeti dal, the National Song, inspired Hungarians in their fight for independence from the Austrian Empire.
Written September 22, 2022
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Gary H
Budapest, Hungary291 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Belvaros - 5th District, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the economic, administration and commercial heart of Hungary and rightly, a square and statue to honour and acknowledge, a Hungarian icon.
The small square and life like statue named to immortalize and bestow honour to Sandor Petofi and his life's achievement's, surrounded, in part, by the glorious and historical architecturally inspired buidings found in the 5th District, of the majestic and beautiful City of Budapest.
The southern end of the Danube Promenade, which encaptulates inspiring views across the Danube River, and its close proximity to the Vaci utca and various other historical landmarks, provides all with joy and delight.
Sandor Petofi : 1823-1849 - portrayed and captured in his statue is his "creed" or lifetime eternal message to his beloved Hungarians.
His upraised arm driven by his "Strenua ac Fideliter" - zeal and loyality, which he gave to all in his writings, especially, his 1843 poem - Jovendoles/Prophecy, that true to his "imagination" he did die young, after accomplishing doing great things.
The reading of his masterpiece Nemzeti dal / National Song 1848, its message, some 171 years on, must never be erased nor demoted from its pinnacle/zenith of historical significance and importance to present and all future peoples of Hungary.
Petofi Square, is a motivational inspiring location to sit, rest and admire the beauty and history that is Belvaros, 5th District of Budaest and what influential and significant role Sandor Petofi played in the history of Hungary, its past present and into the future.
Written June 15, 2019
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Ashley A
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,620 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Our final half day in Budapest and we had finished with The Central Market which is on Petofi Square.

Walking back to our Hotel beside the Danube Promenade, we passed the Sandor Petofi Statue which is dedicated to this Revolutionary figure in Hungarian history.

The statue is surrounded by a mini park and is before the entrance to The Liberty Bridge on the Pest side of the Danube.

One of Budapest’s many delightful squares really.
Written June 1, 2018
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Larry C
4,320 contributions
Nov 2017 • Solo
In a small square at the southern end of Danube Promenade, on a large granite pedestal, is a statue of a revolutionary, and one of the greatest Hungarian poets
The monument depicts Petofi, arm upraised, zealously delivering his “National Song” ---
a poem calling on the Magyars to rise up for their country’s independence.
A small fountain (by Wild László, 1983) stands near to the monument at the edge of the square.
Written December 4, 2017
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