Photographer's Note

The Millennium Competition was inaugurated in 2000 at the year of Millennium. The ship on the black granite pedestal symbolize the Hungarian survival of state and faith in Europe. This saluting the inheritance of St. Stephen (Szent István).
The late Secession-style church was built between 1929 and 1930. The Lutheran church is the work of Gyula Sándy.
The huge neoclassical building is the Court of Szekesfehérvár.

King Stephen the Saint (I. István király, Szent István)(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.


One of Hungary's oldest and most historical cities, in medieval times Székesfehérvár was a coronation and burial place of the Hungarian kings. It is the cultural and economic centre of Fejér County.
Székesfehérvár is one of the largest settlements in Transdanubia. It is the county seat and the cultural and economic centre of Fejér County. Approximately 40% of the county's inhabitants live here.
Reaching back to the Hungarian Settlement, the history of the city is preserved in the town centre heritage buildings. Székesfehérvár was the encampment of the tribe of the ruling Chief Árpád and Prince Géza subsequently made the settlement his reigning seat.
Built in 1018 during the reign of King St Stephen I, the Basilica dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady housed the regalia and the country's archives. A national memorial site in the present day, the remains of the basilica tell of those times gone by. Although Buda, Esztergom and Visegrád also competed for the status of capital city from the 14th century onward, coronations and royal burials were held here until the mid 16th century. 32 Hungarian kings were crowned within the city walls.

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Additional Photos by George Rumpler (Budapestman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 8900 W: 3 N: 20435] (82620)
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