Kings and Saints
The Era of the Árpád Dynasty
2022.03.18. – 2022.08.31.
An exceptional exhibition allowing the greats of the Árpád dynasty to retake the throne in the heart of Székesfehérvár.
Through the collaboration of the King Saint Stephen Museum, the Hungarian National Museum, and the Institute of Hungarian Research, an entirely unique exhibition was established with 700 priceless relics from over 10 countries – all in one place.
During the three months of the exhibition visitors are invited to the newly renovated monastery to get to know the true faces of history.
- HUNGARIAN CONQUEST OF THE CARPATHIAN BASIN
- THE KING’S SPEAR
- ROYAL BURIALS
- DYNASTIC RELATIONS
- REGNUM MARIANUM
- SUBJECTS OF THE LITURGY
- SERVING THE LITURGY PT 1
- SERVING THE LITURGY PT 2 (THE SANCTUARY)
- THE PERSONAL SPHERE OF RELIGION
- VILLAGES, AGRICULTURE, HANDICRAFTS
- CITIES AND CASTLES
- TREASURES AND THE MONGOL INVASION OF HUNGARY
- SETTLED PEOPLES – FROM FOREIGNERS TO HUNGARIANS
- THE LAST OF THE ÁRPÁD DYNASTY
- SAINTS OF THE HOUSE OF ÁRPÁD
The King’s spear
When Stephen ascended to the throne, he inherited consolidated power. At the same time however, his rule was not unconditionally accepted throughout the country, the introduction of a new system of government was unfinished, and the Christian church was yet to be established. Though these processes began under the former ruler, Prince Géza, the task of establishing and organizing the Christian kingdom lay mainly with Stephen. With the help of armed knights who were of service thanks to the German alliance formed by Stephen’s father, he defeated his uncle Koppány who attempted to take the throne, risking the legitimacy of the crown while ensuring his central powers. During his reign, laws laying the foundations of the new order were enacted; the issuance of his own diploma and minting began following the Western model.
Throughout the Middle Ages, marital relationships between ruling families were of paramount importance. They helped consolidate power among rulers, create peace between countries, and establish federal relations. The House of Árpád was characterized by a diverse dynastic network covering almost the whole of Europe; relations with surrounding states, such as the Piast Polish monarchy and the Rurik House of Kiev were decisive. The rulers of the Árpád House developed a dynastic relationship with the Byzantine Empire as well, generating intense foreign policy and religious-cultural influences.
Saints of the House of Árpád
In the medieval Christian world, those consecrated after their death for zealous or self-sacrificing religiosity were particularly revered. Canonization was preceded by beautification; this could be based on a long-standing spontaneous reverence or the examination of the person’s life, virtues and the circumstances of his or her martyrdom. Aside from virtue, in order to be beautified, one must have at least two confirmed miracles; for canonization, two more miracles were required. The majority of saintly acts stemmed from healing miracles; their graves later became a place of pilgrimage for those seeking healing. Canonization meant that the given individual became a saint and their reverence became a standard for the Church.
One of the most important moments in the founding of the country was the coronation. On Christmas of 1000, or January 1st of 1001, Stephen I was crowned in Esztergom. Symbolically, the Kingdom of Hungary became a part of the community of Christian countries. The rules concerning the medieval Hungarian royal coronations after the death of St. Stephen made its validity conditional on three simultaneous circumstances. The coronation must take place in the Székesfehérvár Basilica – the resting place of Stephen I – by the archbishop of Esztergom, with the crown that was believed to be St. Stephen’s.
Kings and Saints
The Era of the Árpád Dynasty Királyok és Szentek
8000, Székesfehérvár, Fő utca 6.
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A kiállítótérbe legfeljebb 30x30x20 cm-es táska vihető be. Hátizsákot csak elöl viselve vagy kézben tartva lehet bevinni.
Family ticket (2 adults, 1 – 3 children):
Family ticket (for any additional children):
Adult group (over 10):
500 Ft / person
Student group (over 10):
250 Ft / person
Museum education (for groups of up to 30 people):
150 Ft / person
Guaranteed guided tour:
500 Ft / person
Guided tour (for groups of up to 20 people):
Monday to Sunday
10.00 – 19.00
The “Kings and Saints – The Árpád Era” exhibition is the most comprehensive display of the early history of the statehood of our country. The aim of the museum education activities is to interpret and contextualize the content for young visitors using the tools of phenomenon-based education. We try to make the unimaginable imaginable and humanize the historical events of the Árpád Era.
Classes from schools coming to visit the exhibition may partake in a 90-minute-long museum education session during which they can discover the exhibition with the guidance of a museum educator and later create and further digest the topics in the museum education halls. Three booklets are prepared to help students discover and understand the exhibition: for elementary students, middle school students, and highschool students. These booklets are adjusted by age group to suit their cognitive maturity and curiosity. They follow different topics to thematically discover the range of the display. The museum educators offer answers to questions, definitions to key terms, and simplification for complex topics.