Panoramic view point & The Royal couple statue, Veszprém Castle
The statue of Hungary's first royal couple, King St Stephen I and Giselle, stands at the northwestern peak of Castle Hill (Vár-hegy) in Veszprém. It was created by József Ispánky in 1938.
King Stephen the Saint (I. István király, Szent István)(Esztergom, 967-977?-1038)
The first crowned king of the country, he led the conversion of pagan Magyars to Christianity. The son of Sarolta and Géza (prince ruler of Hungary and grand-grandson of Árpád, the ruler who settled the Magyar tribes in Hungary). He married Bavarian Princess Gizella around 996 and they probably had 5 children, though only Imre reached adulthood. István took power in 997 and according to tradition he was crowned king in the year 1000. His coronation was held with the approval of Emperor Otto III, and a crown was sent to Hungary by Pope Sylvester II.
As founder of the state, King Stephen was held in great respect throughout Hungarian history; he was canonised on 20th August 1083. St. Stephen's mummified hand closed to a fist (the 'Holy Right') is a national relic kept in St. Stephen's Basilica in Budapest.
Also known as the town of queen consorts, Veszprém is built on seven hills. Its historical and architectural heritage stretches back to the Hungarian Settlement and the town is the intellectual and economic centre of its region.
Veszprém lies on the borders of two geographical regions: the Balaton Uplands (Balaton-felvidék) and the Bakony Hills. The River Séd carved deep valleys into the terrain here, hence Veszprém's other name: 'the town built on seven hills' - each with its own name.
The town is also known as the town of queen consorts, which began with Gisella, St Stephen's wife. The establishment of Hungary's first and oldest cathedral is connected to her name. The bishops of Veszprém had the privilege of crowning the queen consorts, and they wore the office of the chancellery of queen consorts. The town nurtures fond memories of Gisella: the arts and science festival of the Gisella Days begin on her name day each year in May.
The castle was built in the 10th-11th centuries on one of the seven hills of Veszprém. The castle district later gained a Baroque character. Most sights, including excellent lookouts and important cultural venues, are clustered here.
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snunney (84983) 2011-06-25 2:37
A good composition of these two statues; they are well placed in the frame and nicely balanced by the people looking down on the town and the framing foliage. The image benefits from a pleasing ambient light and has good colours and sharpness. Have an enjoyable weekend.
ymrk (14955) 2011-06-25 3:26
A good framing and perspective..Specially i've been admired the clouds at BG that is unbeliveable!
Regards my friend :)
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-06-25 4:32
Beautiful statues in the foreground with big beautiful blue sky . Nice inclusion of people looking down at the town. I like the way you have included part of the town. Well balanced image.
Sergiom (61242) 2011-06-25 5:22
Ils on l'air bien sérieux le roi et la reine. Il n'y a rien de naturel dans leur pose. L'endroit semble venteux et froid, mais le ciel est magnifique.
holmertz (41819) 2011-06-25 5:32
This composition is well balanced with the statues to the left and the branch of a tree to the right. The persons watching the view add some action, and although we don't see so much of that view ourselves we get s glimpse on the left that gives us some idea. The lack of view is not important, since the main focus of the picture are the statues, the fine colours and the very nicely shaped clouds.
jjcordier (76860) 2011-06-25 23:24
J'aime le parallèle entre les deux couples, celui statufié, très rapproché ...par obligation, et celui plus réel où chacun tient à son indépendance. Jolie composition.
Graal (97897) 2011-06-26 0:00
Jó napot George,
an interesting history of the Royal couple and nice statue at photo. Fine POV on the Veszprem town. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
BluSimo (9392) 2011-06-26 4:59
a brilliant shot, an incredible contrast between the statues of the imposing real couple and that one which look turning one' s back. also the background is very beautiful, and the light on it also.
siamesa (27743) 2011-06-26 12:35
Boa tarde George
Very well chosen this place to put these statues. Marvelous view. This photo is very beautiful with a splendid landscaoe in the horizon line.
npecanhuk (66382) 2011-06-26 12:38
Beautiful statues that were very well placed in this image!
Very good overall photo quality!
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, horizontal format and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
amaryllis (35079) 2011-06-27 0:23
un très bel arrière plan sur un massif montagneux, avec des nuages sur un ciel bleu, un bon cadrage de ces statues sur la gauche avec une belle lumière, à l'intérieur de la cour de ce chateau
une note intéressante
dkmurphys (50032) 2011-06-27 0:55
A splendid place from where the panorama is perfect. I remember places like this in Barcelona and Bruxelles. Great shot, well done.
Enjoy a good week.
jemaflor (85548) 2011-06-27 6:44
Well framed with the statue on the left side and people on the other side, great result with brightness for the sky.
abmdsudi (43754) 2011-06-28 2:50
Love your technique by taking advantage of the situation and inclusion of the visitors add life to the static scene. Well composed with main interest perfectly in place, highlighting the overall scene of the look out point. Parts of background give some indications of the overall vista as well. Exposure setting is superb with much clarity and sharpness. Color saturation, lush of greenery, lovely sky area and contrast are excellent. Great shot, well done. Congrats, TFS
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-06-28 5:07
Beautiful composition of the sculptures of the Royal couple and the viewing-point with the people contemplating the landscape.
In the distance, a beautiful horizon with clouds.
Beautiful colors and light.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-02
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-06-25 2:14