St. George’s Chapel

Hungary VESZPRÉM County 8200 Veszprém Vár u. 20.
September 16th, 2017 - September 16th, 2017

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According to the medieval chronicles, Prince Saint Imre took a vow of chastity in Saint George’s Chapel. The relic of the head of Saint George, which King Saint Stephen received from the Byzantine emperor as a commemoration of his victory over the Bolgars in 1016-18, was also kept here. The round, Romanesque-style church (rotunda) the 10th and 11th centuries was opened up next to the cathedral in 1957. The Romanesque, round-arched rotunda was reconstructed in the Gothic style in the 13th century, which was also when the building got its octagonal shape. The tomb and the red marble fragments of the tombstone of the Renaissance Bishop Albert Vetési were found in the course of the excavation. In 1473, Vetési had the chapel repainted and had a rose marble Gothic altar erected. The chapel was also a chapter house, and indeed according to a charter that was issued in 1417 it was also the site for elections of bishops.

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