Memento Park - Preserving Communist Monuments

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Take a trip back in time when all public places were adorned with gigantic monuments of Communist heroes and anybody who had a car drove a Trabant.

When the Iron Curtain fell Soviet-style propaganda sculptures were destroyed all over Eastern Europe. In Memento Park you can re-visit this era and take a stroll down memory lane with approx. 40 major works of the time that used to stand in public places.

There are statues of Lenin, Marx and Engels, Béla Kun, Red Army soldiers, etc. Even a replica of Stalin’s boots that were left on the pedestal of the Stalin tribune when revolting masses pulled down the 8 meters high statue during the revolution of 1956. There’s also an old Trabant (the car made of pressed plastic units) on display that you can have a look around in.

The Barack exhibition hall has a photo exhibition called “Stalin’s Boots” that shows the process of the 1956 revolution as well as the political changes during the years1989-1990. Inside the Barack-theatre “The Life of an Agent” documentary is playing non-stop, explaining communist secret service operation and their methods for collecting information via informants.

Busses go directly to the park from Deák square daily and include admission to the park and return ticket in the price.

/Mr. Flinky

written by anarchy on 2009-08-06 in #world #locations #urban-adventures #statue #history #trabant #the-great-lc-a-race #euro-team-3 #park #lomo-lc-a-race #flinky-files-011 #lc-a #museum #anarchy #city #memorial #communism

6 Comments

  1. dogma
    dogma ·

    Wow impressive!

  2. eyecon
    eyecon ·

    Man, I can still remember how thousands of these cars are coming over after the border came down! The smell was crazy because the use a mix of oil and gasoline for the cars......! It´s been a while now that I saw one on the street......

  3. anarchy
    anarchy ·

    Yeah, I can still remember the smell from my family vacations when we drove through DDR... We had a Volvo 240 combi that was about 3 times as big a trabi so it was really easy finding it in a parking lot of 1000 cars (only trabants in bleak blue and pale gray colors), you could see ours from miles away, hehe =)

  4. stouf
    stouf ·

    Still coming up with these cool-looking communist designs (I'm not talking politics here, just aesthetics). Great job once again dude !

  5. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    this park must be SO STRANGE! but it is LOMO!!! great! these soviet things..! wow... the perfect lomo-location

  6. furano
    furano ·

    I was there in last October and I was amazed!! Very recommendable to go there and fill some rolls!!!

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