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Hungary to Search for Famous Poet Sándor Petőfi’s Grave After 170 Years

Gábor Sarnyai 2019.02.28.

A cooperation agreement regarding the archaeological excavation of the Segesvár battlefield was signed between the Petőfi Literary Museum (PIM) and the Ministry of Defense (HM) Military History Institute and Museum.

Szilárd Demeter, Director General of PIM, said the area where Sándor Petőfi was believed to have been killed in action had never been researched using modern archaeological methods.


Sándor Petőfi was a Hungarian poet and liberal revolutionary. He is considered Hungary's national poet and was one of the key figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. He is the author of the Nemzeti dal (National Song), which is said to have inspired the revolution in the Kingdom of Hungary that grew into a war for independence from the Austrian Empire. It is highly likely that he died in the Battle of Segesvár, one of the last battles of the war, at the age of 26, killed by the Imperial Russian Army on July 31, 1849.

Pilot studies were conducted in 2018 at the scene of the battle in Segesvár. The two museums will present the results in their entirety in joint publications and exhibitions in the future.

featured illustration: The Death of Petőfi. Painter: Viktor Madarász (1875).