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Millennium Tower in Zemun

Millennium Tower in Zemun, or how many people mistakenly call it – Gardos tower, the latest symbol of the empire disappeared. It was built by Hungarians in 1896 to celebrate the millennium of its existence in the region. As seen in the photographs which were created before World War I, at the top of the monument was a bird, with a wingspan of four meters.

This is turul, who flew in from the right Hungarian mythology. It is similar to the hawk, but far larger. First appeared in the legend from the 9th century, which tells about the arrival of the Hungarians in the Pannonian Plain. Turul, who after the war removed from the tower and it is not known where and how finished, he looked to Belgrade, once the second city and another state, just as the winner from Kalemegdan looking at the opposite side of the Danube. But how is this bird flew into mythology?

According to tradition, the leader of the seven Hungarian tribes, Almos, dreamed that a large eagle attacking their villages, and related animals, which was interpreted as being at risk of starvation. Suddenly out of the clouds appeared black turul, scattered eagles and saved them. The bird is the Hungarians promised a better and safer country, and led them to the Pannonian Plain where they settled. Making sure that they are safe, turul disappeared.

However, in later centuries became a national symbol and decoration of many buildings in Hungary, from castles and bridges to the presidential palace. Please note if you find yourself in Budapest. in later centuries became a national symbol and decoration of many buildings in Hungary, from castles and bridges to the presidential palace. Please note if you find yourself in Budapest. in later centuries became a national symbol and decoration of many buildings in Hungary, from castles and bridges to the presidential palace. Please note if you find yourself in Budapest.

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