St. Stephen’s Day

St. Stephen is generally considered the founder of the Kingdom of Hungary.  He was canonized by Pope Gregory VII on 20 Aug 1083 and that is the day that Hungarians celebrate St. Stephen.  It is a national holiday and everything is closed.

Our Mission President and his wife, invited some of us to go up to the Buda Castle with them and see the sights on this day.  They have a huge arts and crafts fair on the castle grounds.  They were featuring ancient crafts this year.  Evidently a good portion of the castle was destroyed during WWII, so it has been rebuilt.

The way up to the castle grounds from the Mission Home involves climbing 155 steps – at least that is what someone told me…

Part of the way up to the Buda Castle

It was a very warm day – temperatures in the 90s.  Inside the castle grounds are many shops and other buildings.  This Catholic Church was very beautiful.

The roof tiles were particularly outstanding.

The crafts people were encouraged to dress in native costumes.  Here is Sister S and Sister H.

There are also Roman ruins within the castle walls.  Here is a quote from Wikipedia “The ancient city of Aquincum was situated on the North-Eastern borders of the Pannonia province within the Roman Empire. The ruins of the city can be found today in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. It is believed that Marcus Aurelius may have written at least part of his book Meditations at Aquincum.”  Interesting!

Roman ruins on the castle grounds.

We came back to the Mission Home and took a rest.  We snagged some young Elders to help us move into our apartment about 8 PM. Some of our group went to the wonderful firework display on the Danube; but we were unpacking and organizing…

Pictures of our apartment – later.

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