Construction on the square began in 1896 to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest of the Carpathian basin which is taken as the starting point of Hungarian history. This moment is honoured in the centrepiece of the square with the enormous millennium monument column. Surrounding the column are the seven Magyar Chieftains, led by Árpád, who united themselves with a blood oath before the conquest in 896. In the back of this column is a semi-circular colonnade with an additional 14 statues of famous Magyar Kings and political leaders – running the gamut of the 1,000-year history. The main thing to do at Hero’s Square is to look on in wonder at some of the most unique statuary in Europe at one of the grandest places in all of Budapest. The scale of everything is tremendous.