Székesfehérvár Basilica Ruins

Székesfehérvár, Hungary

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Stephen was built in the late 1010s by Saint Stephen I, the first King of Hungary. It was the most significant place of the Kingdom of Hungary in the Middle Ages, as it contained the crown jewels, including the throne, the Holy Crown of Hungary, the treasury and the archives. 37 kings and 39 queens consort were crowned in this basilica and 15 were buried in it. In 1543, the Turks occupied Székesfehérvár. The royal graves were ransacked and the basilica was used to store gunpowder while St. Martin's Cathedral in Pozsony became the new coronation site.

In 1601, the valuable building was destroyed by fire. Just in 1601, the Ottoman rule of the city was interrupted for about one year. Illustrations of the 17th century suggest that the fire and probable blow up was caused by Christian artillery in the course of the Christian conquest.



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Founded: c. 1010
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Hungary

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Paul Heller (2 years ago)
Must admit I did not go inside, but on the backside of the church is something resembling the tomb of the unknown soldier. Nothing outside to explain what exactly it is. But the outside of the church is also very pretty.
Bruni Sini (2 years ago)
Nice renovated church
diana sterescu (5 years ago)
Beautiful place
Marker K. (6 years ago)
One of the best historical buildings in Székesfehérvár.
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