Dec 06 2010

POTD: George Washington statue in Budapest

by in Central & Southern Europe, Hungary, Photo of the Day

George Washington statue in Budapest

I was really surprised when my friend Csaba showed me this George Washington statue as we were touring Budapest. You don’t really expect to find many statues of ol’ G. Dub outside the U.S. The statue was erected in 1906 for several reasons: as a sign of unity between the U.S. and Hungary; to honor George Washington, the father of American democracy, who inspired many Hungarians who held democratic ideals; and to express gratitude to the U.S. for providing many Hungarians with the opportunity to immigrate to the U.S. and start their lives anew. More information on the statue, which is located in Budapest’s City Park, can be found here.

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