Képaláírás: This is the fourteenth, concluding piece of a 14-part series, utilizing the 14 statues featured on the two quarter-round colonnades of Hősök tere/Heroes' Square Millenium Monument. Since all of the protagonists are major and significant figures in the history of Hungary, some Budapest streets are named after them here and there. The primary aim of this series is not to introduce the statues or characters (all are commonplaces frequently featured in touristic photoguides), but roads, squares and public spaces bearing their names.
Szent István körút is a section of Nagykörút (Great Circular Road, a slightly misinterpretative name today, as there are greater/longer circulars around in these days, but the name worked as a complementary distribution along with Kiskörút, Small Circular Road, a shorter and innermost circular indeed at the beginning of the modern facing of Budapest, at the end of 19th century), separating 5th and 13th districts in the section between Margithíd and Nyugati ("Western") Railway Station, areas of Lipótváros and Újlipótváros. It is always a busy city road, equipped with tramway lines (transporting the most popular trams of the city, #4 and #6) and shops on both sides. - My second choice is definitely Szent István Park, a smaller city park nearby, equipped with one of the best playgrounds for the underage, and as such, a frequent destination for parents with 2/3 year old children. - Further 10 streets/roads/squares can be found around Budapest, named after the very first monarch of Hungary.
Stephen I (975?-1038), the last Prince of Magyars (997-1000), the first king of Hungary (1000 or 1001-1038), the starting point of all good and evil, as Stephens or Istváns usually are, the first ruler in history of the country who was converted to Christian belief. He founded dioceses and counties over the country, establishing royal power in both church and state contexts, and was crowned as the first king of the Kingdom of Hungary. His crown, supplied by Pope Silvester II (presumably a historical urban legend), and considered as the Holy Crown dedicated to God (presumably a religious urban legend), as the country is considered to be a dedicatee to the Holy Virgin (an undebated fact in the past spiritual history of this country), has been representing the power of the kingdom, church and state, as well. He was canonized in 1083, and became the first of the canonized confessor kings - which is symbolized in this statue by the goldened glory over his head. - It is worth noting that his 3D iconography is the largest throughout Hungary: one cannot take a step without noticing a statue or sculpture describing him here or there, 9 out of 10 were erected in 2000.
His statue, a work by Károly Senyei, erected in 1911 as the very left piece of the colonnades of Millenium Monument, and is standing at its place undisputedly since then.
Ismertető szöveg: I. (Szent) István király (eredetileg Vajk, Esztergom, 969. Székesfehérvár vagy Esztergom-Szentkirály, 1038. augusztus 15.) az első magyar király. Uralkodása alatt a magyar törzsek szövetségéből kialakult fejedelemséget egységes, keresztény magyar királysággá alakította át. Ez 1028-tól az egész Kárpát-medencére kiterjedt. Az általa meghirdetett új politikai irányvonalnak ellenszegülő törzseket (klánokat) fegyverrel vagy békés úton behódoltatta, a lázadásokat leverte. Az ezeréves magyar törvénytár az általa alkotott törvényekkel kezdődik. Az államszervezet kiépítésével párhuzamosan megszervezte a magyar keresztény egyházat, ezért ő és utódai viselhették az apostoli király címet. Magyarországon minden év augusztus 20-án I. István király szentté avatásának napját ünnepeljük. (Forrás: Wikipédia)