St Stephen Statue - St Istvan, Budapest

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    Equestrian statue of Saint Stephen.

    by breughel Updated Mar 15, 2015

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    You can't miss this bronze statue from 1906 next of the St Mathias church and in front of the Fisherman's Bastion.
    Stephen I was the first coronated King of Hungary in 1000 - 1001. It is unknown if the coronation happened end December 1000 of begin January 1001. During his long reign till 1038 he achieved the establishment of a Christian state. This did not prevent him making war when needed.
    After his death there was a long period of anarchy during which emerged a legendary story of the Christian king who turned into the cult of Saint Etienne.
    He was canonized in 1083 and his cult spread widely outside Hungary. He is the patron saint of the basilica in Pest where his right hand is preserved as a relic.

    Equestrian statue of Saint Stephen. Equestrian statue of Saint Stephen.
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    STATUE OF KING STEPHEN 1ST

    by balhannah Written Apr 19, 2014

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    I love equestrian statues and here in Budapest I found many beauties! One I found that really impressed me, was located between Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion.

    Standing atop a massive white ornate pedestal, is the bronze statue of the first christian king of Hungary, St. Stephen. He is shown mounted on a beautifully sculpted horse, complete with ornate saddle-cloth.
    Built in Neo-Romanesque style, this pedestal isn't plain, but is decorated on each side with episodes illustrating the King's life. Impressive Lions guard the King and some ugly faces!
    A very beautiful Statue!

    King Stephen 1st Events in the King's life Events in the King's Life Events in the King's Life Events in the King's Life
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    Statue of Stephen I

    by mindcrime Written Dec 16, 2012

    Next to Fisherman’s Bastion is a beautiful sculpture of king Stephen I riding a horse. Nothing to add here but we have visited St.Stephen church where the Holy Right hand of king is kept as a relic so we thought it was a good idea to see the rest of his body here :)

    Saint Stephen I was the first king of Hungary from 1000 to 1038. He is known as the founder of Kingdom of Hungary but also the one that brought Christianity through out his country. He was canonized by Popo in 1083 and his feast day (august 20) is a public holiday in Hungary.

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    St. Stephen's Statue

    by mikey_e Written Jan 15, 2009

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    I've already described the Fisherman's Bastion in my tip specifically on that (Nothing Fishy here!), so I'll just say a few things about the statue itself. It was originally planned by the elder Schulek, who is the planner behind the Bastion, but it was Stróbl, the architect who did the Matthias Fountain by Buda Castle.

    St. Stephen I The statue from the side
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    St. Istvan statue

    by Gypsystravels Updated Mar 4, 2008

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    Located at Fishermans Bastion is the bronze statue of St. Istvan of Hungary. There are scenes from the King's life carved onto the base of the pedestal where he sits high on his horse. To officially recognize him as the "Christian King of Hungary" with the consent of the Holy Roman Emporer, Pope Silvester II sent Istvan his jeweled crown along with the apostolic cross and a letter of blessing.

    Istvan strengthened Christianity with various laws and discourgaed pagan practices. He was a follower of Christianity and was responsible for the construction of many churches in Budapest.

    It is said that during his coronation, he dedicated the crown to the Holy Virgin and "therefore he sealed a contract between God and the crown" and the reason why it is a "holy" crown.

    St. Istvan perched high on his horse Scens from St. Istvan's life
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    St. Stephen's Statue ( 4 photos )

    by nicolaitan Written Nov 16, 2006

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    This bronze equestrian statue of King St. Stephen fronts the Fisherman's Bastion and is adjacent to Matthias Church. It was sculpted by Alajos Strobl in 1906 from plans by Frigyes Schulek responsible for renovations to the church and for the Bastion. His plans unify the three structures in similar style. The base illustrates episodes in the King's life.

    St. Stephen (975-1038) was a Magyar prince baptized and crowned by St. Adalbert of Prague at age 10. By 1006 he had united all the Magyar clans and became the first king of Hungary. He strengthened the place of Christianity in Hungary and ruled against the use of pagan custom and language. His reign was considered one of several golden eras in Hungarian history but all his children predeceased him and on his death instability returned without a worthy successor.

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    Statue of St Stephen

    by MalenaN Written Mar 20, 2006

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    Stephen I was the first king in Hungary. He united the Magyar tribes and established Christianity in the country. Stephen I died in 1038 and less than 50 years later he was canonised.

    The statue in the photo stands just in front of Fishermen’s Bastion. It is a bronze statue made by Alajos Stobl in 1906. Stephen is sitting on a horse, wearing the Hungarian crown and the coronation mantle.

    Statue of St Stephen The statue is in the lower right corner
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  • A statue of St Istvan

    by Lena1979 Written Oct 25, 2005

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    The statue of St Istvan stands at the entrance to the curch that is named after his name. St Istvan was a hermit, who cured sick people with thermal waters that sprung in front of the cave. Now these waters are used for Gellert Baths.

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    Buda - The statue to St. Stephen

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    Near the Matthias Church, the arcades of the Fishermen's Bastion are a spectacular background for the large equestrian bronze statue of St. Stephen, which stands on the site of the old fish market. It was created by Alajos Strobl, the pedestal reliefs are the work of Frigyes Schulek.

    The statue to St. Stephen
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    A statue of King St. Stephen

    by pili Updated Jun 12, 2004

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    The bronze statue of King St. Stephen mounted on a horse can be seen between the bastion and the church. It was erected in 1906.-

    La estatua de bronce del Rey San Esteban, montado en un caballo puede ser vista entre el bastión y la iglesia Matías. Fue erigida en 1906

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    St. Stephan's statue

    by Raimix Updated Mar 4, 2011

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    This bronze statue was created by Alajos Strobl. The place where the statue stands was an old fish market long time ago. It is very popular statue to take pictures in Budapest.

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    St. Stephen Statue

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 31, 2008

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    Right between Fishermans Bastion and the Matthias Church is a bronze statue of Stephen I of Hungary riding on a horse. The statue was erected in 1906.

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    St Istvan

    by klj&a Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    This is a statue of St Istvan is in front of Fisherman’s Bastion. He’s the king that introduced Christianity to Hungary

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    Statue of King St. Stephen

    by frankcanfly Written Mar 1, 2006

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    In front of the Fisherman's Bastion, there is a statue of King St. Stephen. He was the founder of the Hungarian state, and brought Christianity to the region in the year 1000.

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  • St. Istvan Statue at Fisherman's Bastion

    by grkboiler Updated Nov 16, 2004

    A statue of St. Istvan, Hungary's first Christian king, stands in front of Fisherman's Bastion. One of my earlier tips on Budapest has a short bio of St. Istvan (Stephen).

    St. Istvan Statue

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