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St. Stephen's Crown





In a source from 1938, St. Stephen’s 11th century biographer is said to have recorded that

“the apostolic blessing, the crown, and the cross having been brought”,

on Christmas Eve of the year 1000,

“the Magyar people exultantly proclaimed St. Stephen their king,
and the priesthood anointed him with consecrated oil,
and crowned God’s chosen, István (Stephen)
with the symbol of royalty.”


Source: Hómán, Bálint. Szent István, 1938.
Image courtesy of the Archiepiscopal Treasury, Kalocsa


To commemorate the millenium of the Hungarian Conquest, a group from the High-school of Arts and Crafts created replicas of the coronation regalia in 1896. Two copies were made of each of the crown, scepter, and orb. Of these replicas, one went to Kalocsa, the other to Rome, in commemoration of the fact that Asztrik, the first archbishop of Kalocsa, was the one who brought the crown from the Pope to St. Stephen of Hungary (I. István). From then on, the replica of the Crown is kept safe in the Celebration Hall of the library at Kalocsa.