Christmas atmosphere on the St Stephen square
Dear TE Friends!
I wish you and your family happiness and health!
St Stephen´s Basilica (Szent István-bazilika), Budapest
The largest church in Budapest and the second most important in Hungary is St Stephen's Basilica. It was built by Jozsef Hild, Miklós Ybl and József Kauser in a neo-Renaissance-Classicist style. The mummified right hand of Hungary's first Christian ruler King Stephen the Saint's (István I) is kept here.
St. Stephen's Basilica was built on a Greek cross plan. The interior space is in nine parts; the central section is covered by the dome, the nave by a barrel-vault. Leo Fessler created the sculptures decorating the facade tympanum and the niches in the towers, and the sanctuary, as well as the exterior sculptural ornaments of the cupola.
The most important relic of Christian Hungarian statehood, King Stephen's mummified right hand, is kept in the Chapel of the "Holy Right Hand" (Szent Jobb-kápolna) located behind the sanctuary. Every year, on 20th August, the relic is taken in a magnificent procession around the downtown streets close to the basilica.
It is worth climbing (by lift) to the top of the Basilica's south tower to enjoy the extraordinary view. Weighing 9 tons, Hungary's largest bell is found here.
Budapest, V. district
The Vth district of Budapest is the heart of the capital, or even the heart of the country. The most important institutions of the state are here.
The district is famous of the Váci street, the Kossuth Square, the Saint Stephen Basilica and the Parliament Building, the Petőfi statue or the Nagy Imre statue. The district was the center of many revolutions. In fact the Vth district is one of the smallest ones in Budapest.
2,6 sq km and 40.000 people living in 21.000 apartments. 146.000 square metre park also belong to the district. Though only a few people live in the downtown it has a very busy life with thousands of offices and business centers. (Source: Vendégváró)
Critiques | Translate
lousat (94698) 2011-12-23 0:39
Hi George,very brlliant postcard for Christmas! Beautiful perspective and impressive quaity,i like it! It's nice to see the lights and the decoration from the world,and your pic is very very interesting.I wish you all the best me too and thanks to show us this beauty.Luciano
carper (96) 2011-12-23 1:04
a very nice and well taken shot here, good atmosphere and fine photo job, I wish you a merry Xmas my friend.
DarkoG (8) 2011-12-23 1:09
well taken photo.
rbassin (23979) 2011-12-23 1:14
Une belle prise de vue, bien centré avec une perpective agréable.
J'aime bien la grande façade de l'église et les lumičre qui l'accompagnent.
Un joyeux Noël.
brianmcc (6219) 2011-12-23 1:31
this is a lovely festive picture. the tree is placed perfectly while the light reflecting off the cobble stones is terrific.
npecanhuk (75660) 2011-12-23 1:33
Lovely christmas decorations!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and symmetrical composition are all excellent features here!
TFS - congrats,
TopGeo (38216) 2011-12-23 1:37
Hi George,very brilliant postcard for Christmas!Great daily life night scene, great 'low' POV, very good framing and composition! Excellent perspective! Great light management, excellent choice with great contrasts of BG!
Royaldevon (40990) 2011-12-23 2:11
Good Morning George,
A lovely, almost symmetrical composition, full of details and attractive lights to capture the mood of Christmas.
My best wishes to you and your family for Christmas,
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-12-23 2:40
A beautiful Christmas present to all through this image. Like the symmetry, colors and sharpness. A nice Christmas tree with lights is displayed in the square.
A merry Christmas to you George.
jurek1951 (42196) 2011-12-23 2:58
Beautiful and picturesque scenery :] Nice composition, colours and lighting, well framed.
jlbrthnn (76039) 2011-12-23 3:10
The festive atmosphere of Christmas markets, and the mystic atmosphere of Christmas are returned well by this photo, framed well, exposed well and clear. Bravo.
Have a nice day. Joyeux Noël!
siamesa (28123) 2011-12-23 3:36
Bom dia George
Very beautiful ad significant image.
Perfect capture of the scene. Lights and shadows very well captured.TFs
snunney (103215) 2011-12-23 4:11
Merry Christmas to you and yours. Many thanks for this lovely Christmas card so full of atmosphere.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-12-23 4:11
a super tribute to this time of year. Love the light especially reflected on the cobble stones. Executed with your usual style and quality. Superb!
Happy holidays to you and enjoy the season - Brian.
JFS (32459) 2011-12-23 5:13
Lovely Christmas atmopsghere scene to wish a Merry Christmas, Thanks George, I wish you and your family all the best as well.
Silvio1953 (148447) 2011-12-23 6:07
Ciao George, fascinating composition with lovely Christmas atmosphere, great view of wonderful architecture, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio
Sergiom (84401) 2011-12-23 6:46
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Les décorations de Noel sont magnifiques et l'arričre plan est de plus inspirants pour la situation. Une trčs belle gestion de la lumičre.
amaryllis (37039) 2011-12-23 8:31
une belle photo de cette basilique entourée d'un beau sapin et des marchés de Noel
bon noel ŕ toi également
Ricx (13495) 2011-12-23 8:41
Hi George and a merry Christmas to you and all those is beautiful Budapest. It looksd such a stunning City. I trust that you have had a very good year.. all the best Rich
Schnappilic (9692) 2011-12-23 12:25
Very suitable picture for this moment!
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-12-23 13:19
Hi George, Super Christmas scene here,great colours, light and presentation, splendid seeing the people enjoying the festivities around the stove. Tfs, and happy Christmas and new year. Cheers Iain.
bukitgolfb301 (43578) 2011-12-23 16:43
Hi dear Marine
This is very impressive and timely posting.
Perfect vertical format is the best choice.
Professional light management to maintain the delight slight atmosphere is so much appreciated.
I hope today is a precious day for you.
Thanks for everything, best regrads,
macjake (70519) 2011-12-23 21:38
A fine fine blue hour, light blue hour lighting is very romantic here.
lovely shot for the season!
Merry Christmas to you and your Family
prasun984 (5590) 2011-12-23 22:02
very nice shot from Christmas...like the framing by the people in FG who are watching the glowing X-mas tree in front of the beautiful architecture in BG...lovely play of light on the wetly FG passage...
good chosen POV with nice color contrast & sharpness...
very good low light photography George...
wish U Merry Christmas...
jjcordier (79297) 2011-12-23 23:26
Un marché de Noël trčs bien situé devant cette basilique.J'aime le contraste entre les tons chauds du bas de l'image et les tons froids de la façade de l'église. Assez symbolique!
emka (102562) 2011-12-23 23:43
Wonderful Christmas decoratio in Budapest. We also have our Catle nicely decorated with big Christmas tree.
Merry Christmas! I wish you and your family happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
dkmurphys (61985) 2011-12-24 9:15
Merry Christmas to you too. A beautiful scene from your city.
Enjoy the evening.
cornejo (44635) 2011-12-25 3:15
György Szia, nagyon jó és szép fotó gratulálni karácsony, és nagyon jó a jól végzett munka, gratulálok barátom. Jó napot és boldog hét. TFS.
Én minden jót kíván Karácsony és Újév.
Cricri (122510) 2011-12-25 4:16
Trčs jolie composition, la vue sur la basilique avec les couleurs chaudes des chalets, les décorations et le brillant sur le sol avec les personnes, belle image pour Noel
Joyeux Noel a vous et a toute votre famille
cavli (1876) 2011-12-26 2:09
an interesting night shot picture. well senn. I like lighted are in the front and naturel lighted area in the back side. very good shot.
delpeoples (59184) 2011-12-26 3:16
Szia dear Gyorgy
I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012. I hope Santa came through with a nice new Canon camera or lens :) Beautiful photo, the wet ground, the warm golden light and the architecture are exquisite. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a beautiful day.
Kellemes napot kivanok
abmdsudi (56302) 2011-12-26 8:56
Gorgeous night shot with excellent exposure control in mixed lighting and vibrant colors extremely fit the occassion so well and what a glirious mood. The sheen of warm light on the pavement really catch our attention and hold the focus in. A well detailed image, impressive compo.with the imposing church filling the bg appropriately
Fantastic shot. Congrats
Happy Christmas to you and yours
claudeD (40285) 2011-12-27 12:06
Very fine picture from Budapest with a good composition and excellent light manegment. I like the Xmas atmosphere very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ChrisJ (116676) 2011-12-28 0:56
Missed this one on my break in Wuzhen/Nanjing. Good backlighting on the golden cobblestones with excellent shadow detail & superb color, sharpness & saturation. Nice Xmas decorations & the background Budapest church makes a splendid backdrop. The people add scale. Tfs!
mkamionka (39137) 2011-12-28 6:55
I see you are back to beautiful Budapest.
Great capture here. You have caught a nice contrast between the cold monumental architecture in the back and the warm foreground.
Happy New Year,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-12-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-23 0:26