Saint Stephen I (Hungarian: I. Szent István) was the last Grand Prince of the Hungarians between 997 and 1000 or 1001, and the first King of Hungary from 1000 or 1001 until his death in 1038. He was born as Vajk in Esztergom. The year of his birth is uncertain, but many details of his life suggest that he was born in or after 975. He was the only son of Grand Prince Géza and his wife, Sarolt who descended of the prominent family of the gyulas. Although his both parents were baptized, Stephen was the first member of his family to become a devout Christian. He married Giselle of Bavaria, a scion of the imperial Ottonian dynasty.
Stephen succeeded his father in 997. He was forced to fight for the throne against his relative, Koppány who was supported by masses of pagan warriors. Stephen defeated his opponent mainly due to the assistance of Vecellin, Hont and Pázmány and other knights of foreign origin, but the ancestors of the Aba and Csák clans, and other native lords also joined him. He was crowned king on December 25, 1000 or January 1, 1001 with a crown sent by Pope Sylvester II. Through a series of wars he waged against semi-independent tribes and chieftains – including the Black Hungarians and his uncle, Gyula the Younger – he achieved the unification of the Carpathian Basin under his rule. He also succeeded in protecting the independence of his kingdom by forcing the invading troops of Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor to withdraw from Hungary in 1030.
Pope Gregory VII canonized Stephen together with his son, Saint Emeric of Hungary, and Gerardo Sagredo, on 20 August 1083. Stephen became one of the most popular saints in Hungary, and 20 August, which was also his feast day until 1687, is celebrated as a public holiday in Hungary commemorating the foundation of the state.
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jemaflor (100223) 2013-08-18 9:29
Well presented with this white BG, excellent effect and contrast with the statue, perfect sharpness, tfs.
siudzi (34141) 2013-08-18 10:53
Almost white background gave a nice result for this presentation. The monument looks really eye catching and attractive with all details perfectly captured. Well done. TFS.
pajaran (63520) 2013-08-18 11:39
Vrlo interesntan i dobar tekst, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Lep pogled na spomenik ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan spomenik.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Interesntan and very good text, with the given data and history ...
Nice view of the monument ...
A good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated monument.
Good evening and all the best.
papagolf21 (105410) 2013-08-18 11:52
Bonsoir, cher Ovidiu,
Trčs belle réussite de ce noble et saint cavalier.
Je ne connais pas la méthode de détourage pour rendre ainsi le cavalier d'une aussi belle façon.
Trčs bonne soirée.
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-08-18 11:53
I love this statue of Saint Stephen I,the warrior saint.Probably the greatest figure of his time in the world.Wonderful shot with great POV, composition and colors.TFS.
ourania (48838) 2013-08-18 13:39
a bold approach and composition placing the statue against a total white and luminous backdrop that exalts its details and textures, renders it formidable and imposing and creates a graphical effect that's interesting and surprising for a subject like this. The perspective you chose is very effective and the framing well considered and elegant. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
nikkitta (17066) 2013-08-18 15:13
Informative note to introduce the creative capture with the white Background
Smart frame also TFS
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-08-18 18:44
spectacular statue, marvelous shot and a very useful and interesting note!!
Graal (103036) 2013-08-19 0:41
nice statue of Saint Stephen in Budapest. Image well cut from the background which is uniform. Interesting informations. Good presentation.
Have a nice day.
Nicou (146902) 2013-08-19 4:52
quelle vue de ce Saint homme en statue Stephen le grand sur son cheval tout en fičreté quelle belle compo et image splendide.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (32544) 2013-08-19 10:52
What a fine and grand statue! You have a perfect POV on it to show all its excellent detail. Amazing too, normally I avoid a grey sky if I can, but it works brilliantly here, setting off the green tones of the sculpture perfectly, and drawing the eye only to your chosen subject. Really nicely done.
gstavros99 (0) 2013-08-21 8:47
Very powerful!!! Fine.
Cricri (122649) 2013-08-21 8:51
Un fond blanc qui met la statue en valeur ou tout les détails sont super bien rendu, intéressante note, belle présentation
abmdsudi (56380) 2013-08-23 23:11
A real eye catching shot, the theme and low pov to admire the vital religious statue, also an interesting piece of history backed up with a good shot to illustrate this. Delicious in colours and detail highlights in excellent clarity along with the contrast created is simply stunning. Superb take which popped in the thumbnail easily and so well captured, Congrats.
kwekwekan (1078) 2013-08-24 18:48
Normally a white-washed sky is not very interesting, but here it creates a great stark contrast against this beautiful and iconic statue in Budapest. Great POV and framing of the image as well.
- Copyright: Ovidiu Sotiriu (Schnappilic) (9692)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, 55-250mm f/4-5,6 IS Canon, RAW, 58mm Hoya UV
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-18 9:06