Freedom Square : Michelin's recommendations
Freedom square (Szabadság tér) has a certain appeal despite its slightly ostentatious nature. It has been set up on the site of a former Austrian fire station. Vast, airy, it is fitted between two buildings with majestic façades such as those the former Stock Exchange, today the State Television building (MTV Televízió) and opposite, the Hungarian National Bank (Magyar Nemzeti Bank). These two buildings, although different , are the work of the same architect, Ignác Alpár. If you are mad about the history of coins, go to see the collection of coins and bank notes. Whilst walking there, do not miss the Zrínyi pharmacy, worth seeing for its original wooden fittings and its old jars (1803). To the North of the square, in the middles of dispossessed fields in a semi-circle there is the only surviving monument dedicated to the Soviet Union. It is an obelisk erected to the memory of the soldiers of the Red Army, who liberated the city in 1945. Nearby, to the East of the square, stands the American Embassy, undoubtedly a pure coincidence! The United States are honoured in the person of General Harry Hill Bandholtz whose statue you can see in the square. After the fall of the Republic of Councils in 1919, Hungary is grateful to him for having saved the treasures from the National Museum from the pillage of the Romanian troops.
- Address : Szabadság Tér H - Budapest 10541054Budapest
- Prices : free of charge
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