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Zoltán Bánfalvy

Statue of Bishop St. Gellért - Gellért Püspök szobra

Budapest, Hungary

November 24, 2007

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Foggy november morning from Gellért Hill, Budapest.

The pagans hurled down bishop Gellért from the top of this cliff.

"Bishop Gellért (Gerard) was born to a noble family in Venice around 980, his original name being Giorgio di Sagredo. As a boy he became very sick. His parents took him to a Benedictine monastery and vowed that if he regained his health they would dedicate him to God and leave him in the monastery. He recovered and became a Benedictine. His father Gellért (Gerard) died during a pilgrimage. Giorgio changed his name to Gellért in his father's memory. After his studies at Bologna, he was chosen abbot of the monastery, but he left for the Holy Land in AD 1015. On his journey he met Rasian, the abbot of Pannonhalma, who invited him to Hungary. Gellért accepted the invitation. King Stephen I of Hungary was so impressed by the preaching of the talented young Gellért, that he entrusted him with the tutoring of the 8 year-old Prince Imre. Gellért trained him for 7 years, and Imre became a noble-minded, exceptional Christian prince. Gellért spent the next 7 years in solitude in the Bakony Mountains, where he studied the Holy Scriptures and wrote his commentaries on the Bible. His book entitled Deliberatio is probably the first exegesis written in Hungary. After King Stephen I appointed him the bishop of Csanád and asked him to organize the diocese, Gellért went to preach the Gospel of Christ to the pagans in Transylvania (the western part of modern Romania). He preached, baptized the converted, and founded schools, churches, deaneries. Gellért was martyred on the shore of the Danube River, in the area of modern Budapest, in 1046. > http://www.cryingvoice.com/ < "

Europe / Hungary

Lat: 47° 29' 22.42" N
Long: 19° 2' 43.15" E

Elevation: 176m

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