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Happy New Year to you and your family!
Boldog Új Évet Kívánok Neked és a Családodnak!

Festive atmophere before the St Stephen´s Basilica

I wish you and your family happiness and health!
Boldogságot és Jó egészséget kívánok Neked és a Családodnak!

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)

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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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