Dedicated to Jozsef Antall (8th April 1932 - 12th December 1993)
Monument detail, Kerepesi Cemetery, Fiumei Ut, Jozsefvaros, Pest, Budapest, Hungary.
(designed by Miklos Melocco).
József Antall was a politician, teacher, librarian and Hungarian historian. He was the Prime Minister of the first democratically-elected government after the socialist era. Taking office on 23rd May 1990, and serving his country until he succumbed to cancer, before the end of his 4 year term. He was also the head of the Hungarian Democratic Forum (from 1989-1993).
Kerepesi, formally known as the Fiumei Steet Graveyard, is the oldest Christian cemetery still in use in Budapest, and is also one of Europe's largest national pantheons. It was established in 1847.
The Kerepesi Cemetery is the final resting place of famous Hungarians. Numerous mausoleums of important families and individuals are to be found here. Among others, Lajos Batthyány, Ferenc Deák, Lajos Kossuth, and Mihály Vörösmarty were laid to rest here. The list of the outstanding individuals - scientists, artists, statesmen - is seemingly endless, as is the number of the tombs that are in themselves works of art.
Endre Ady, Attila József, Kálmán Mikszáth, Zsigmond Móricz, Lujza Blaha, numerous sculptors, artists, and architects like Alajos Stróbl and Ödön Lechner, are among those buried in Kerepesi cemetery.
Hungarian communists who were condemned to death in the show-trials of 1949 were buried on a separate plot. In the 1950's the cemetery was declared closed for burials of the general public, and thereafter, mainly left wing politicians were buried here with national ceremony.
Europe's only 'Museum of Reverence' (Kegyeleti Múzeum) on burial culture can be found in the graveyard.
Today Kerepesi Cemetery has dual functions. On the one hand, as a National Burial Garden, it is preserving the traditions of Hungary's past, the memories of its outstanding personalities. Owing to its artistic values, it is the largest open-air park of sculptures in Europe, with protected green areas, and rich botanic stock. On the other hand, it is a revived public cemetery of exclusive configuration, in an aesthetic park environment.
The Kerepesi Cemetery has a large area covering 56 hectares.
Taken in March 2006.
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