|Freedom Square, named after the Communist "liberation" in 1945|
|Detail of monument|
|Bas relief on monument|
The National Bank is right behind the memorial.
|National Bank, Budapest|
Also nearby is one of the many small playgrounds in the area. When I found the square, the children were napping, so they missed out this time.
Jacob would have also loved the small fountain there.
|Lesser memorial in Freedom Square|
A much larger fountain is across the street. It has some sort of sensors in the pavement around it. As one walks up, a section of water collapses allowing entry into the middle. Luckily, sensors are placed inside as well so visitors can make it back out.
|Funnest fountain found in Budapest|
The Harry Hill Bandholtz statue stands in front of the U.S. embassy (yeah, the American Embassy is right by the square dedicated to Soviet soldiers, another Hungarian irony). Bandholtz was a soldier in World War I. He was the American representative in the Allied group that disbanded the Hungarian army and supervised the withdrawal of Serbian and Romanian troops. He prevented the theft of Transylvanian art object from the National Museum by the Romanians, among other achievements. The statue was put up and taken down a few times as the governments switched from Soviet-backed to citizen-backed.
|H. H. Bandholtz Statue, Budapest|
The square is an interesting blend of contrasts and is not far at all from the Parliament building.