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Cultural monument removed from main Budapest square for renovation

As part of the relandscaping of focal Blaha Lujza tér, a monument honouring the National Theatre that once stood here has just been removed for expert repair. The statue was first unveiled in 1973, exactly a century after the foundation stone had been laid to build the original playhouse.

Restorers will soon be hard at work repairing the monument commemorating Budapest’s National Theatre, that once stood on Blaha Lujza tér. Controversially knocked down in the 1960s, the theatre was most famously graced by actress Lujza Blaha, after whom the square was named while she was still alive.

The sculpture was originally placed on a green area of the square but this section was later concreted over, removing the lower part of the inscription. Now, with Blaha Lujza tér being renovated, after it’s put back in place, the whole statue will be fully visible.


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