After the Hungarian Revolution of 1989, when citizens were ripping down Soviet memorials all over the country, one bright official had the idea of creating a tongue-in-cheek memorial in the countryside outside of town to hold the deposed statuary. The open-air Memento Park opened its doors on the second anniversary of the liberation and now houses one of the more bizarre (and less subtle) collections of political art ever assembled.

Unfortunately, the biggest statue of them all–of Comrade Stalin–had already been broken up into tiny pieces, leaving just his boots for the exhibition. Still, it seems appropriate that the boots that trod roughshod all over Eastern Europe should commemorate the dead dictator. He will not be missed around these parts.


Categories: Europe, Hungary