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Green makeover planned for neglected Buda square Széna tér

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  • We Love Budapest

25/10/2021 4.46pm

Facing Mammut mall, gentrifying Fény utca and the renovated Széll Kapu Park, Széna tér has long been neglected. One stop from the major hub of Széll Kálmán tér on the busy 4/6 tram route, it’s passed by thousands of people every day with little recognition. Now, with the adjoining Margit Quarter also the focus of major regeneration, a green makeover has been earmarked for Széna tér.

Once the site of a VOLÁN inter-city bus station, Széna tér is currently an open space with little going on around it. This will all soon change, with the creation of a memorial park and various works of art, including the Maze of Memories related to local history.

Eyewitness accounts

The former city wall will be transformed into an installation. On a nearby firewall, we plan to create a large-scale work of art in an interactive form that evokes the personal thoughts of those with memories of the events during the ’56 Uprising. According to the concept, we will also commemorate them with a water feature,” writes Gergely Őrsi, mayor of District II, on his Facebook page.

With the help of photos from the communal archive Fortepan, the historical events of the area will be presented on a fence. After reading the QR codes, you can watch videos of various reminiscences.

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