Remembering the Soviet Legacy in Budapest, Hungary
Cemeteries are one of the most unique ways to explore the history and personality of a city. Budapest’s most famous resting ground, Kerepesi Cemetery, is a sprawling, ramshackle park, seemingly miles away from the frenetic main thoroughfares. The Art Nouveau architecture that dominates the city is present here, in the details of old tombstones being slowly reclaimed by ivy. Walk straight down the central pathway and you cannot miss the formidable Pantheon of the Working Class Movement. This tribute to Soviet rule was so shoddily put together that it began falling apart almost as soon as it was finished. Now it sits collecting dust, a neglected relic of the past in a city moving towards the future.