St. Stephen’s Basilica

The Budapest Cathedral

The Roman Catholic St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary, a neo-classical with two large bell towers, completed in 1905 in honor of King Stephen (c 975-1038).  It is considered to be the third largest building in all of Hungary.

Venerable Mindszenty

Mindzenty

I find it very interesting that just a week ago, I visited the tomb of the late Jozsef Mindszenty, who was declared Venerable today by His Holiness Pope Francis, a step towards Beatification.  Cardinal Mindszenty suffered much for the freedom of the Hungarian people from fascism, Nazism, and communism.   I am also reminded of my first visit to Hungary shortly after the fall of communism.  The tour guide said: “We were dreaming of freedom, but when freedom came we did not know what to do with it.”

Church of St. George

Church of St. George

Emperor Constantine built this ancient church.  He loved Sofia so much, he wanted to make it the capital of the Byzantine Empire.  The church is surrounded today by all these buildings because during the Communist era there was an attempt to hid religious sites from public view, so I am told.