One of the most notable monuments in Budapest, the Imre Nagy Monument stands in Martyrs’ Square (Vertanuk tere) on the Pest side of the city. The statue of the former Hungarian prime minister depicts him standing halfway across a sculpted bronze bridge over a small pool of water, which is said to symbolize his role in bringing the nation halfway to freedom. Nagy was tried for treason and executed after the Hungarian Revolution, and became a symbol of freedom during communist times, when his name could not be mentioned. In 1989, a crowd of more than 100,000 gathered in Heroes’ Square in Budapest to celebrate his reburial.
The life size sculpture of Nagy has its back to the nearby Soviet War Memorial and faces toward the Hungarian Parliament Building. In 2011, a statue of Ronald Reagan was added between the War Memorial and the Nagy Monument, creating a straight line of monuments between the American Embassy and the Parliament Building. Discover Budapest's history on a walking tour of the city's communist past.
The Imre Nagy Monument is within walking distance of many hotels on the Pest side of Budapest. From further afield, you can take subway M2 or streetcar 2 to Kossuth Lajos Square and walk a very short distance to Vertanuk tere.