Statue of István and Gizella

Statue of István and Gizella

Peter M
Description
The statue was made in 1996 by Sándor Kliegl when Hungary celebrated the 1100th anniversary of the Hungarian conquest, and the 1000th anniversary of the first royal couple's wedding. We can see our first King (997-1038) founder of the state, with his wife Gizella. He had churches built. He was our first king and converted pagan Hungarians into Christianity. That’s why he got his crown from the pope on 1st January 1001. He did a lot for the Hungarian nation. He realized that the good international connection is important to keep peace. That’s why he got married from abroad. His wife Gizella was from Passau. István is depicted as an old man who seems very tired but aware of the importance of his activities. He is wearing the coronation cloak and the crown which symbolize the whole nation. He is also holding an orb and a scepter, these are the symbols of royal power. According to his legend, before his death he commended the country into the hands of Our Lady. That is why the patron saint of Hungary is virgin married. His wife Gizella is depicted as a young woman. She is standing near the king and she is giving a rosary to her husband. The rosary symbolizes Christianity. #First_king_of_Hungary #Gizella #István #Square #Statue #Szeged #Szobor #Széchenyi_tér
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