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A visit to the Anonymous Statue is a must when touring Budapest. Its particular history and location catches the eye of those who see it for the first time as it is a symbol of Hungarian history and culture. Come and meet her!

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History of the anonymous statue

Located in front of Vajdahunyad Castle, the Anonymous Statue represents the anonymous medieval chronicler who recorded the history of Hungary in his work called Gesta Hungarorum, written in Latin in 1200. 

 

The statue was created by Miklós Ligeti in 1903.Although the life of the chronicler depicted in the figure is unknown, he is believed to have been a monk or cleric who lived in the 13th century and chronicled the history of Hungary from the time of the national heroes until the death of King Bela IV in 1270.

 

This is a mysterious character who signed his writings under the nickname of P. dictus magister. For this reason, indications as to his identity are inconclusive.

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Statue features and design

The anonymity of the identity of the man represented in the statue generated that he was represented as a man in a monk’s costume and with a hood that entirely covers the face, without revealing his features.

 

This figure of approximately two meters high was made in bronze, in one of its hands it has a feather and in the other a parchment. Meanwhile his arms are resting on his knees.

 

Today, the Anonymous statue has become a popular tourist attraction in Budapest and is often used as a symbol of the city.

What to see in Budapest

Outstanding statues of Budapest

In addition to the Anonymous statue, Budapest is known for having some of the most impressive and iconic statues in Europe.


The Statue of Liberty, for example, was made in memory of the liberation of Hungary from the Soviet Union during World War II. It is a bronze figure of 14 meters high where the figure of a woman holding a palm leaf is represented, and two smaller statues at its base.


On the other hand, in the Parliament Square is the statue of King Stephen, the first king of Hungary. While in the Heroes’ Square stands a 22-meter high monument made of bronze in honor of the Hungarian national heroes. It became a symbol of Hungary’s independence and unity.


On the other hand, the statue of Sandor Petofi stands out in the City Park. Made in bronze, this seven-meter high figure represents the Hungarian poet and revolutionary.

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