The National Heritage Institute will implement further developments and refurbishment projects at the Fiumei Út Cemetery and the Salgótarjáni Utca Jewish Cemetery.

By virtue of the projects, the function of national commemoration will gradually replace the cemetery function, and we may, as a result, representatively showcase the unparalleled treasures of the cemetery, (Mrs) Radnainé, Katalin Fogarasi, Director General of the Institute said at a press conference held on Wednesday in Budapest in connection with the developments. She highlighted: in consequence of the developments, tourism opportunities, education and the popularisation of the culture of remembrance in cemeteries will play a greater role.

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The Director General reiterated that the National Heritage Institute took over the management of the Fiumei Út Cemetery and the Salgótarjáni Utca Jewish Cemetery on 1 May 2016. Regarding the Salgótarjáni Utca Jewish Cemetery, she said that the primary task was to put an end to the undignified conditions which existed in the cemetery, and to eliminate the risk of accident that affected a significant proportion of the site.

Mrs Fogarasi also pointed out that, after costly restoration works, one of this year’s most prominent and already concluded public procurement tasks at the Fiumei Út Cemetery was the refurbishment of the graves of Prime Ministers, including the Batthyány Mausoleum where works are still in progress. She highlighted that tourism attractions will include the original Apponyi carriage which the Institute will renovate and will soon display in the cemetery.

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“We would like this national memorial site to also become a communal space which tourists visit as the most natural thing”, the Director said, adding that, to this end, they will create a transparent information point at the entrance of the cemetery to facilitate orientation where new maps, publications and books will also be available in multiple languages.

The Director General further said that the series of national programmes entitled Day of Memorial Sites will be held for the second time on 13 May this year, the central venue of which will be the Fiumei Út Cemetery once again. The event will begin with a performance of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble, and visitors will be able to attend thematic walks connected to the Memorial Year of Reformation and the János Arany memorial year during the course of the day. The highlight of the whole-day event will be the concert of the National Philharmonic Orchestra which will be accompanied by an animated light show at the Kossuth Mausoleum. During the course of the evening, there will also be a variety of light shows at several mausoleums in the cemetery which visitors may discover as part of torchlit tours beginning late evening.

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She highlighted: the National Heritage Institute’s nation-wide programme series seeks to draw attention to venues which have particular significance in Hungarian history and culture. The memorial sites will offer discounted or free admission to visitors. The national programmes can be viewed at the website: www.emlekhelyeknapja.hu.

(National Heritage Institute)