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Gellért Hill


Close by the Szabadság híd (Liberation bridge) on the Buda side is Gellért Hill (Gellérthegy), home to the best known of the city’s baths, Gellért Baths and topped by the Liberation Monument, constructed in 1947 to commemorate Hungary’s liberation from Nazi rule. Depicting a woman holding aloft the palm of victory, it is one of the few Soviet monuments to survive the fall of the Iron Curtain in situ (most have been destroyed or moved out of town to the Memento Park). Below, the Citadella, a mock-medieval fortress built by the Habsburgs to cow the population after the 1848–49 revolution, hugs the west bank of the Danube.

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