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Áron Gábor’s copper cannon to remain in Budapest until next summer

Áron Gábor’s cannon and another sixty valuable works of art will be exhibited at the Budapest Military History Institute from the end of November.

One of the most famous pieces of the Székely National Museum in Sepsiszentgyörgy, Áron Gábor’s copper cannon is to remain in Budapest until next summer at the Budapest Military History Institute.

The most valuable item in the exhibition, which was opened last week and presents the memories of the 1848-1849 Revolution, is the only surviving copy of the copper cannons casted by Gábor.

The gun to be exhibited was found on August 18, 1906 during plumbing work in the courtyard of Rudolf Hospital, formerly home to the gun factory, in Kézdivásárhely. 

The cannon was transported from Kézdivásárhely to the Székely National Museum in Sepsiszentgyörgy in 1923, then transported to Bucharest in 1971 to the National Museum of Romania. Finally, the Szekler relic was returned to the Székely National Museum in 2010, where it has been on permanent exhibition since March 15, 2011.

The presentation of the “precious relic” in Budapest was made possible by the renovation of the Székely National Museum in Sepsiszentgyörgy, designed by Károly Kós, so that the treasured artifact (along with other artifacts from 1848-49) could be placed in the Budapest Military History Institute from November 18 to June 30, 2020.

The seasonal chamber exhibition is open for visitors between 12noon and 5pm.

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