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The Museum of Military History in Budapest


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:Cat-Scratch: OK, the kitten is cute, but what on earth is the guy doing with that great hunk of wood on top of the little table? :speechless1:

Hmm.. What you see on the photo is a model of the Stalin statue that was erected on the edge of V?rosliget (the city Park) in Budapest. The large monument stood 18 meters tall in total. The bronze statue stood eight meters high on a four meters high limestone base on top of a tribune eighteen meters wide. Stalin was portrayed as a speaker, standing tall and rigid with his right hand at his chest. The sides of the tribune were decorated with relief sculptures depicting the Hungarian people welcoming their leader. The Hungarian sculptor, S?ndor Mikus was chosen in a competition were 25 sculptors participated. The model that is displayed in the Museum of Military History is actually the model that was used in that competition.

The plans to erect a statue of Stalin was planed as early as 1949 but this statue was not finished until December of 1951. Lots of old Budapest statues, from before the war was recycled for making the bronze statue of Stalin.

(a collection of photos of the statue after the demolition)

http://www.fszek.hu/56/Tematikus_HTM_ek/Eg..._ek/Sztalin.htm

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