Saturday, March 31, 2012

St. Stephen's Basilica

We were so excited to see this beautiful Basilica in Budapest.  My pictures don't really do it justice.


View from behind

St. Stephen's actual uncorrupted right hand is kept in the Basilica.  Before he died, King Stephen clutched a rosary in his right hand, raised it and asked the Virgin Mary to watch over the Hungarian people.  He died on the feast day, The Assumption of Mary in 1038.  For several years, several miracles were attributed to him and when his tomb was reopened, it was discovered that his right hand was virtually intact and still had the rosary in it.  His hand was removed and is now one of the greatest treasures in Europe.  Most of his other bone relics have disappeared.

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