Budapest will have its own Elvis Presley Park, John Paul II Square and Rákóczi Ferenc Bridge
If you are planning a trip to Budapest, be sure to update your maps and itinerary, as 26 public areas in the city will be renamed in June, 2011. Some will receive new names, while others will get their former name back. In addition, a small square by the foot of Margaret Bridge on the Buda side will be named after the "King of Rock 'n' Roll", Elvis Presley (who was earlier named honorary citizen of Budapest).
Some of the major changes:
- Moszkva tér (Moscow square) will get its former name, Széll Kálmán tér (Kálmán Széll, 1843 to 1915 - a politician, Minister of Finance and the Prime Minister at the turn of the 20th century), back.
- Köztársaság tér (Republic Square), HQ of the former communist party, will be renamed Pope John Paul II Square.
- The Lágymányosi híd will be named after Ferenc Rákóczi II (Ferenc Rákóczi II, 1676-1735 - Prince of Transylvania and the leader of the War of Independence against the Habsburgs).
- The current Roosevelt tér will be renamed to Széchenyi István tér and a small square by Szabdaság tér will bear the name of the former American president.
- Football fans will be happy to know, that Nagybátonyi Street will be renamed after Nándor Hidegkuti, a former soccer player of the famous Hungarian ‘Golden Team’.