Saint Stephen I (Hungarian: I. (Szent) István, Slovak: (Svätý) Štefan I.) (967/969/975, Esztergom, Hungary – 15 August 1038, Esztergom, Hungary), Grand Prince of the Magyars (997-1000/1001) and the first King of Hungary (1000/1001-1038). Stephen was born under the pagan turkish name Vajk, but was baptised as Stephen in his childhood. Following the death of his father, Géza, Stephen became the Grand Prince of the Magyars, but he could only strengthen his rule when he defeated his relative, Koppány. Shortly afterwards, he claimed and received a crown from the pope and he became the first King of Hungary. Stephen extended his rule in the Carpathian Basin with force by defeating several local chieftains. He maintained peace with the Holy Roman Empire during the first three decades of his reign, and later he could withdraw the attacks of Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor. Stephen established ten dioceses in his kingdom and he issued severe decrees against pagan customs and in favor of the Christian faith in order to strengthen Christianity among his subjects. He organised several counties in Hungary and his decrees could ensure the internal peace in his kingdom. Based on his acts, he is generally considered as the founder of Hungary. Following the death of his son, Emeric, Stephen wanted to ensure the maintenance of the Christianity in his kingdom and therefore he named his sister's son, the Venetian Peter Urseolo as his heir instead of his cousin, Vazul whom he suspected following pagan customs and ordered him blinded. Stephen was canonised, together with his son and Bishop Gerard of Csanád, on 20 August 1083 and he become one of the most popular saints in Hungary.
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Paolo (41218) 2008-05-13 1:10
Hi Agnes, good one, excellent quality, POV and timing and beautiful composition too.
Longroute (19392) 2008-05-13 3:43
Excellent composition with the statue to the right and the tower roof to the left which complement each other. The statue and the architecture are very fine and interesting.
mikeo (12129) 2008-05-14 3:21
This building and its details seems to be amazing! Great light and very good sharpness. I only have feeling that the photo is a little bit tilted(?) - but its just my feeling...
dumbo (4541) 2008-05-14 11:19
Nice details and beautiful colors.
I like that deep blue sky.
dario10 (2765) 2008-05-14 13:27
very interesting composition,nice colour,good composition is women on tower,very good sharpnes
Cretense (68671) 2008-05-16 6:11
Excellent capture of this beautiful statue, great framing and composition, excellent ligth managment, very impressive sharpness and overall definition! Congratulations!
dip (22130) 2008-05-17 3:21
beautiful image of the statue,excellent framed and composed,
nice architecture details too,
very well done,
MayaG (2413) 2008-05-27 14:34
Very nicely presented, Agnes. The details are really nicely visible, well done!
fritzi007 (63) 2011-07-22 16:29
Wenn man in Budapest lebt, hat man Starvorteile.
Dein Foto und Kommentar sind perfekt, gratuliere!
Wünsch dir ein schönes Wochenende
aliabazari (10282) 2012-08-02 19:45
This statue is very beautiful and magnificent. Exposure and is well documented. Congratulations
Thanks and regards