A 12.5-metre tall statue depicting a Hungarian hussar, the largest statue of a soldier in the world, was inaugurated in Pákozd in central Hungary with military honours on Friday.
The work of Dunaújváros-based painter and sculptor István Rohonczi, the giant statue dubbed Miska Hussar is expected to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records, overtaking a 9.75-metre tall tin soldier inspired by Andersen’s tale erected near Vancouver in Canada.
The concrete statue is covered in special weather-proof paint and it stands near the site of the Battle of Pákozd, one of the most important battles in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 in which the Hungarian revolutionary army defeated the troops of the Croatian Ban Josip Jelacic on 29 September 1848. The statue weighing 80 tonnes has been completed in 12 years at total costs of 100 million forints (EUR 320,000).
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