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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temmel (2496) 2008-05-19 2:34
Gyönyörű kép,tökéletes képszerkesztés- Istvánnal és Gizellával az előtérben és a várossal a háttérben.
Nagyon tetszik,ahogy megismerteted másokkal kicsiny hazánk szép helyeit és történelmét.
avishek_khan (544) 2008-05-19 2:37
A nicely chosen POV to get the royal couple in the background of colourful evening sky. The colour tone is fantastic. As a result the mood is just perfectly caught.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-05-19 2:39
Hello George! Wonderful POV. Fantastic composition. Original sculptures. Very interesting background. Fantastic shot. Good luck!
ChrisJ (117741) 2008-05-19 2:52
A superb colour contrast between the amber tinted statues & the blue sky. I also like the asymmetrical relationship between the fg statues & bg spire at right, as they are approximately the same colour. Tfs!
snunney (106459) 2008-05-19 3:04
A very nice composition of this statue that benefits much from the lovely evening light. Well framed with a nice juxtaposition between the statue and the floodlit church. Beautiful tones and great clarity.
ktanska (29241) 2008-05-19 3:07
Well framed shot giving good attention to statue couple. Very nice evening light where statues and church are carefully illuminated. Especially I like the fact that there's no sharp edge between light and shadow in the foreground.
marianita (3455) 2008-05-19 3:18
i like the atmosphere in this shot!ncie colour tones and POV
TopGeo (38216) 2008-05-19 3:44
Hello George,I like the atmosphere with this very nice composition of this statue from the excellent evening light.A superb chosen POV to get the royal couple in the BG of colourful sky.
Wonderful idea and well done scene, compliments
anducina (8407) 2008-05-19 5:21
Excellent colors and low light, I like the mixture of natural and artificial light. Well framed.
Paolo (41230) 2008-05-19 5:22
Hi George, wonderful one, with the tower on the back. Amazing colours and excellent composition, POV and timing.
portmanndominic (2400) 2008-05-19 7:19
Superb picture with the warm lights of the sunset , the POV is very good , the management of the lights optimun
TGULUMSER (13252) 2008-05-19 7:50
Colors and lights are amazing,
A fantastic shot,
azaf1 (15929) 2008-05-19 8:20
This is just beautiful. The lited statues and the cathedral in the back create a nice perspective in a great assortment of evening colors
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-05-19 10:21
You caught light in the right way here !
I like a lot how you brought to us important elements, as statue and church.
hay_kes (31439) 2008-05-19 12:54
Very beautiful night shot.Great colours and light.TFS.
Have a nice week.
Tue (43386) 2008-05-19 13:12
I just love the sky with its soft colours as the background for the sculpture. It's is also so wonderfully illuminated with pleasant, warm tones and well placed on the left hand side. The church tower is also nice in the background. Well done!
danyy (0) 2008-05-19 14:24
de superbes couleurs chaudes et une trčs bonne capture des lumičres basses. L'église éclairée ŕ l'arričre plan , donne de la profondeur.
paura (47186) 2008-05-19 15:03
Beautiful photography here, friend. The composition and the colors are really great. Really a very well composed shot.
jurek1951 (42196) 2008-05-19 20:55
Interesting perspective,very nice colors and very good deatls.
jjcordier (79297) 2008-05-19 22:21
Superbe composition avec une lumičre magnifiquement capturée. Magnifique, tout simplement!
UnTrained (0) 2008-05-19 22:38
you have used the light in a wonderful way to make the couple outstanding. The golden tone in that blue background and beginning darkness in the city below works great. The church in the background is a good balance for the couple.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
Graal (103038) 2008-05-19 23:00
Jó napot George,
very nice statues in warm light. Interesting informations about royal couple. Well quality of photo.
Have a nice day.
Leo71538 (555) 2008-05-20 1:27
Very beautiful! the variety of colors and your angle are great!
Greetings from Iran.
chrkont (4005) 2008-05-20 1:35
Obviously the status is the same of your 'View from Castle Hill', but the night view with the beautiful background building give to the photo an other dimension. Excellent work. Regards from Greece. Christos
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-05-20 4:08
George, this is apowerful image, the dramatic lighting is excellent, it looks like the church is lit artifically and the statues are still in the waning sunlight. Clarity is good and color is grand and the composition is great.
jemaflor (103065) 2008-05-20 4:11
Well seen, graet result with your composition and with this superb light, well the foreground with a blue hour sky.
izmirli (3989) 2008-05-20 5:36
merhaba my friend george
excellent statues and composition.excellent colours and note.well done.
friendly greetings from Istanbul.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-05-21 2:19
I like a lot the soft tones in this image and the night light repetition on the chuch in the distance, these statues are nice as well. Wasn't it possible to get a similar view with those nice statues on the right side of the frame ?
Have a nice day jY
Bluejeans (64251) 2008-05-22 10:30
Que magnifica captura com esta estátua iluminada em grande plano , o horizonte ficou com belas cores gostei muito da igreja iluminada , belo ponto de visăo , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Angshu (56760) 2008-06-02 0:40
Wonderful play of the statues glowing in artificial light against the blue sky. Like also the cathedral bathed in orange light. A fine picture in excellent light. Well captured in vertical frame. Lovely work!
Noel_Byrne (33588) 2012-07-31 5:24
This is really beautiful, your handling of the light available is superb, and the composition is perfect with the statues to the left and that beautiful spire to the right. A very beautiful monument and you have done it great justice.
Thanks for sharing!
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-05-04
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Your Favorites, Veszprem of the Queens city [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-05-19 2:29
- Favorites: 1 [view]