Ismertető szöveg: Hunyadi János középkori magyar földesúr és hadvezér, a "nagy törökverő". Kormányzó (régens), a középkori Magyar Királyság egyik legkiemelkedőbb hadvezére; Hunyadi Mátyás apja. Nevéhez fűződik az 1456-os nándorfehérvári diadal.
Hunyadi János út is a smaller street in Víziváros, Buda, on the eastern side of Castle Hill, leading from the Buda end of Chain Bridge to the entrance of the central area of the upper Castle. In the beginning, facing the north it is sided by dwelling houses, but after its large U-turn (an unparalelled amusement for children in a time, when driving through was allowed for their fathers), when it turns towards the south under Fisherman's Bastion, it changes into a kind of a popular panoramic spot. It is inevitable for Buda Castle visitors to meet this amazing place. - My second choice is Hunyadi tér, close to Andrássy út, a square densely packed with dwelling houses and accomodating an open-air market in the 6th district of Budapest. - However, there is a large range of public names: Hunyadi (and the Hunyadis) are popular personalities in the memory of the posterity: there are 8 Hunyadi János streets/squares over Budapest, 9 further places are named after the plain family name, and both of his sons got their streets of their own during the subsequent ages. (The number of streets, squares, institutions, even football clubs named after them, the monuments dedicated to them throughout Hungary are countless. One of the statues, a masterpiece of public art positioning according to experts of this discipline can be seen in my photostream.). Hunyadi's wife, mother of his two children, Erzsébet Szilágyi even multiplies the assortment.
János Hunyadi, unlike the previous historical figures on the timeline of the Heroes' Square statues, was not a crowned king or a monarch of Hungary. He was a nobleman (most South-East European countries consider him as their compatriot, since he took his part in ruling in this or that way in a lot of parts of the area), who has been elected to governor/regent of Hungary in 1446 under the reign of Ladislaus V, and held his position until 1453, when he was appointed Captain General of Hungary. In 1456 he defeated the Ottoman Turks at Nándorfehérvár (now it is Belgrade, Serbia); his fame on the first place is attributed to this victory which stopped Turks occupying Central Europe for a few decades; to his wife and sons on the second place, László (direct heir to him, a victim of a royal plot in 1457) and Mátyás, who eventually got the crown of Hungary in 1458, but his story is to come under #9.
The statue is the work of Ede Margó, and was erected at the same place in 1906.