The name “House of Terror” sounds like an attraction in an amusement park – but it is not. It is museum in Budapest about the dark past of the fascist and communist regimes in Hungary.
The House of Terror is situated at Andrássy út 60 in Budapest. The building itself was actually full of terror because it was the headquarter of the secret police of both the Nazi and Communist government. As one can imagine, as the headquarter of an organisation of terror, many people got detained, tortured and of course, killed here. The museum contains many exhibits about the secret police of the two regimes and perhaps the most daunting experience is the visit to the basement – the prisoner cells.
There are two iconic features in the House of Terror. The first one (not shown in this picture) is two overhangs of the building each has a large cutouts of the word “TERROR”. One overhang also has a cutout of a large arrow cross (representing the fascists) and the other one of a star (representing the soviet communist). With this feature, it’s basically impossible to miss the building.
The other one is the soviet tank together with loads of portrait pictures at the right hand side of this picture. The portraits belong to all people who were victims in this building but I believe they are just part of them – as I think there must be a lot of “off record” casualty.