Walk from statue to statue Hajdúszoboszlón and familiarize yourself with the built cultural heritage of the city.
Hajdúszoboszlón while you rest and make use of the spa, spa treatments recommended after an afternoon or evening walk in the small town of Plains. During a walk through the beautiful Hajduszoboszlo, the flowery neighborhoods, parks, built heritage and artistic monuments sight promises harmonious relaxation. The following list can be found on their statues, monuments, built heritage, which should be pronounced in a Hajduszoboszlo walking path.
Hajdúszoboszlói built monuments, statues list
Bust of dr. Ferenc Pávai-Vajna
The bronze bust of Dr. Ferenc Pávai Vajna, geologist was created by Árpád Somogyi, sculptor. The order was placed by the City Council of Hajdúszoboszló, and the inauguration ceremony was held on 26 May, 1989, on the 25th anniversary of Pávai’s death. Thanks to the great scientist, the city of Hajdúszoboszló could arise out of the row of monotonous market towns of Hajdúság, and became one of the most visited spa cities of Hungary.
Equestrian statue of István Bocskai
István Bocskai settled the Hajduks (i.e. „foot-soldiers”)(amongst others, to the territory of Szoboszló), thanks to which in later times he has become an iconic person of this area and our city, as well. The sculpture, which is the artwork of the sculptor László Marton prepared in 1969, was only inaugurated three years later, in 1972. The warlord is standing in front of us, mustering the outcome of the battle while sitting on his horse and the animal is snorting back and stomping. His sword is rested in front of him, with his cloak flitting back.
Monument of World War I
The World War I Monument, which is the public artwork of Sándor Somogyi, sculptor commemorates the 1,051 local heroes who died in the war. The funds for the sculpture were raised by public donations and it was unveiled on 20 October, 1927. Despite the economic crisis of those times, a lavish ceremony was held for the inauguration of the statue.
Monument of World War II
The monument of World War II, created by Miklós Bene, remembers the 737 people from the city who were killed in the war. On the back side of the main pillar you can see heads lost between flames, symbolizing the horror of the war. The artwork was inaugurated in 1990. On one of the three memorial pillars names of Hungarian soldiers can be found who died in the fights and on the second one, there are names of Jewish victims who were deported from the city.
Sculpture of the God of the Sun
The sculpture of László Szabó titled „Napisten” (The God of the Sun) was given by the artist to his beloved city of Szoboszló as a present. The sculpture was erected at a quite interesting location, in the boating lake of the Spa. „I am handing over my sculpture to the City of Hajdúszoboszló with a common sacred wish of ours to be preached between the Sun and the wind, to be able to live on this blessed ground – which will one day also entomb me here – homely, in our peaceful activities.” – said the artist when the sculpture was inaugurated.
The Toweling woman
The bronze sculpture of Pál Pátzay, one-and-a-half times life-size, was finished in 1972. The „Törülköző nő” (Toweling woman) is just drying her lifted left leg, thus this way the oval downward bent arch of the drapery gets a beautiful continuation along her left arm. His workmanship in sculpture and theoretical-journalistic activities both represent significant value. He confessed to Lajos Kassák as follows: „I wish to make the artwork become such a powerful thing which would get the mastery over people”.
The Kneeling woman
János Konyorcsik, sculptor was born in Pesterzsébet in 1926. He finished his art studies in the free school of art of Csepel Ironworks. He attended the Sculptor department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts between 1950 and 1956. The marble carved sculpture of the „Térdeplő nő” (Kneeling woman) was finished in 1970. Originally it had been erected close to the building, at the right side of the wave bath, and it was put to its current position only afterwards. The artist evoked the waving beauty and softness of the female body by the pattern of the marble, its fine elaboration, and with the validation of materiality.
The monument of Bálint Harsányi
József Seregi, sculptor from Budapest was called on to create the memorial obelisk of the Hussar Captain Bálint Harsányi, which was erected by the city on 9 October, 1984. Bálint Harsányi was born in Hajdúszoboszló in 1820. He chose to become a soldier. He served in the 2nd company of the Imperial & Royal Hussar Regiment in Galicia. This was the place where he was informed about the planned revolution of 1848 and upon his initiative, he left his regiment with his 131 comrades and deserted home to Hungary, to protect the homeland and the revolution. In the campaign of 1849, he led his army as a Hussar captain. He was killed in action in the battle of Rákosmező.
The statue of Pál Gönczy
Pál Gönczy is an outstanding figure of the Hungarian pedagogy. His contemporaries acknowledged his workmanship mainly for being the initiator of the education of the civilian population. A signi-ficant number (almost one hundred) of his publications were issued in this issue. It is typical for the diversity of his activities that he wrote Alphabet books, designed school maps, wrote the first plant nomenclature in Hungarian and designed school furniture, as well. His appreciation can be characterized by the fact that his contemporaries had already planned the erection of a Gönczy sculpture. Finally, upon the initiative of the Hajdú county teachers’ association (Hajdú Vármegyei Tankerületi Tanítók Gönczy Egyesület) – from public donations – they inaugurated the bust made by Sándor Somogyi.
The Symbol of Growth
László Szabó’s statue titled The Symbol of Growth was given to the city by the sculptor’s family. It was inaugurated on 8 September, 1992, on the 75th anniver-sary of László Szabó’s birth. Although he was born in Debrecen, the artist spent his childhood in Hajdúszoboszló, as his family moved to the city soon after his birth. In one of his poems, he remembers the city as the place where his fate began, down on the bank of Kösely.