Sandor Petofi Statue, Budapest

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  • Monument to a famous Hungarian poet, who contributed to the Hungarian Revolution of the year 1848 and Independence of the Austrian Empire.
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  • There are statues everywhere on the banks of the Danube. This is one of them. I think that it is surely interesting to know the origin when knowing the history.
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  • This is statue dedicated to Sándor Petőfi who wrote a poem called The National Song which is said to have inspired the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. He was one of the young leaders of the revolution and was key in starting the revolution in Pest. You will find lots of places names after Petőfi in Hungary. The National Song: On your feet, Hungary, the homeland calls! The time is here, now or never! Shall we be slaves or free? This is the question, choose your answer! - By the God of the Hungarians We vow, We vow, that we will be slaves No longer! We were slaves up til now, Damned are our ancestors, Who lived and died free, Cannot rest in a slave land. By the God of the Hungarians We vow, We vow, that we will be slaves No longer! Useless villain of a man, Who now, if need be, doesn't dare to die, Who values his pathetic life greater Than the honor of his homeland. By the God of the Hungarians We vow, We vow, that we will be slaves No longer! The sword shines brighter than the chain, Decorates better the arm, And we still wore chains! Return now, our old sword! By the God of the Hungarians We vow, We vow, that we will be slaves No longer! The Magyar name will be great again, Worthy of its old, great honor; Which the centuries smeared on it, We will wash away the shame! By the God of the Hungarians We vow, We vow, that we will be slaves No longer! Where our grave mounds lie, Our grandchildren will kneel, And with blessing prayer, Recite our sainted names. By the God of the Hungarians We vow, We vow, that we will be slaves No longer!
  • It is located near Váci utca.
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