Képaláírás: This is the twelth piece of a 14-part series, utilizing the 14 statues featured on the two quarter-round colonnades of Hősök tere/Heroes' Square Millenium Monument. Since all of the protagonists are major and significant figures in the history of Hungary, some Budapest streets are named after them here and there. The primary aim of this series is not to introduce the statues or characters (all are commonplaces frequently featured in touristic photoguides), but roads, squares and public spaces bearing their names.
Nagy Lajos király útja is an about 4 km long city road dividing Zugló, 14th district of Budapest into two halves, linking 13th and 10th districts of Budapest in south-eastern direction between Kacsóh Pongrác street (or City Park) overpass and Örs vezér square, one of the main suburban junctions of the city. As a matter of fact, according to its characteristic features it could be a main circular road of the city, if it were not restricted to a smaller section of that imaginary circular. Practically on the north-west end it is completely cut and suddenly leads into the nowhereman's land of Rákos arranging railway station, and the traffic of Nagy Lajos király útja is diverted in side directions there. Being a wide road, there is the opportunity of constructing it as a 2x2 tracked city road thoroughly, with a double tramway-line added. In most parts only one track is built, and some sections are covered with cobblestone. In Budapest tramway terms the road counts as a main line, since it houses line #3, the longest of all Budapest tramway-lines (it takes 58 minutes to reach one end-station from the other). On weekdays Nagy Lajos király útja - the only road with this name in Budapest - drives an enormous transit traffic; on weekends it recalls its former classic self.
Louis I, "The Great" (1326-1382) was a remarkable monarch of Hungary between 1342 and 1382, the son of Charles I (representing the 3rd family relation between protagonists of Millenium Monument in this series this way, the second on actual timeline), and he was also ruling in Poland from 1370 on. In Hungarian historical legendary he is recorded as the king who owned the greatest territory of the country, having three seas in three different directions (it's worth noting here that Hungary is a continental country now). A great fighter in the international scene (e.g. the first minor collision with the Ottomans occured during his reign), with good sense of internal policy, and of culture (he founded the first university in Hungary, at Pécs, in 1367) he belongs to the glorious monarchs of Hungary. All of his children were girls: one of them (Mary) succeeded him on the throne of Hungary, an other (Jadwiga) had become the Queen of Poland after his death.
The calm and peaceful reign is also reflected in the story of his statue: it was erected in 1927, relatively lately compared to the neighbouring staues, but the work of György Zala has been standing on its place undisputedly since then.
Ismertető szöveg: I. (Nagy) Lajos (lengyelül Ludwik Węgierski/Wielki/Andegaweński azaz Magyar Lajos, Nagy Lajos, Anjou Lajos), (1326. március 5. - 1382. szeptember 10.) Magyarország (1342-1382) és Lengyelország (1370-1382) Anjou-házi királya volt. Uralkodása a középkori Magyar Királyság egyik fénykora: az ország belső békéje és dinasztikus kapcsolatai lehetővé tették a társadalom, a gazdaság és a kultúra fejlődését, így az ország fejlettsége közelebb került a nyugat-európai országokéhoz, aktív külpolitikája és hadjáratai révén pedig Magyarország európai nagyhatalommá vált. A lovagkirály személyes kvalitásai és dicsőséges hadjáratai megihlették még a 19. századi magyar nemzeti romantika költőit is. (Forrás: Wikipédia)