Statues have been important historical and artistic elements of human culture starting from the ancient times, preserving great moments and persons throughout centuries. Hungary also had many great architects and sculptors, and one of their work is the tallest and only hussar statue in the entire world.
Miskahuszár is located in Pákozd, near the M7 motorway and is one of the most well-known and unique spots of the country among Hungarians and tourists as well. But before getting into details, you might be interested in the word huszár and the story behind it. The hussars were the light cavalry dedicated to defending the country against the Ottoman invasion. It was the just and honest Hungarian ruler, King Matthias Corvinus who created this form of cavalry. Hussars were first incorporated into the Black Army of Hungary, and by 1490, theirs was the standard form of cavalry. After the death of Corvinus, the Hungarian hussars were hired as mercenaries by Habsburg emperors as to help in the on-going fights against the Russian- and Ottoman empires. Later on, there were instances where Transylvanian hussars were fighting against hussars hired by the Habsburgs or by someone else.
Most Hungarian units were active during Rákóczi’s War of Independence in the early 1700s (which made them iconic) and during the 1848-1849 Hungarian Revolution.
The Miskahuszár is the largest and only hussar statue in the world with its 12.5 meters high, made out of approximately 100 tonnes of concrete. The composition aims to preserve the ancient Hungarian hussar culture and the many stories behind it for generations of people. The other aim of building the statue was to stop the fading of hussar traditions in Hungary and to show the country and the world that these brave men gave their lives to the nation centuries ago.
Source: Daily News Hungary