||Sights / public square statue
||4024 Debrecen, Kálvin tér
The Galley-slaves’ Monument has been standing in the Memorial Garden since 1895 in memory of the Protestant pastors and teachers condemned to the galleys in 1673. The memorial column was commissioned by a woman from Debrecen in respect of those 43 Protestant pastors who had been taken to the galleys at Naples during the Counter-Reformation. The column shows an open Bible with the famous words of Apostle Paul in it: “I have fought the good fight, I finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
The monument has another inscription: “Michiel De Ruyter Dutch Admiral. The Liberator.” The date is 11 February 1676. This was the day when the Dutch Admiral and his fleet freed the surviving 26 Hungarian Protestant pastors from their captivity in Naples who were then given shelter in Switzerland, the Netherlands and Germany. The monument is the place of pilgrimage for the Dutch tourists visiting Debrecen.
On the occasion of his visit to Debrecen in August 1991 Pope John Paul II laid flowers at the Galley-slaves’ Monument as a sign of reconciliation.
|Opening period:||January 1. - December 31.|
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