Budapest is a city of statues, and one of my favorites is the Liberation Monument, known as Felszabadulási Emlékmu. (Try saying that five times fast!) Standing 14 meters high atop Gellért Hill with her hands stretched upwards, she looks like she’s about to jump off the high dive into the Danube. The monument, designed by Hungarian sculptor Zsigmond Kisfaludi Stróbl, was originally intended to honor the memory of a Hungarian regent’s son who disappeared on the eastern front. In 1945, however, the statue was spotted in the sculptor’s workshop and reassigned to commemorate the liberation of Budapest by the Russian army. The arrival of the Russians was a liberation, but it also marked the beginning of Soviet rule. After the fall of communism, two figures of Russian soldiers that had originally bookended the monument were removed.