SPLIT: két magyar hercegnők szarkofág .. two Magyar princesses' sarcophagus

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I do not know that any of the descendants of a king are buried in such an unusual place --

two Magyar princesses rest in peace above the portal of a cathedral in Croatia.

It happened exactly 770 years ago this year. Two very young princesses died in a similar time

of the same year, in the same city, when they were saving their lives from invading hordes of the

conquerors from the Mongol Empire, the Crimean Tatars.

To escape from the Tatars who defeated him in the Battle of the Sajo River near the village of Muhi (1241),

Hungarian-Croatian king Bela IV leaves his homeland Hungary. Austria has been inhospitable for him

and he comes to Zagreb, Croatia, February 1242. Persecuted by Kadan, son of the Great Khan Ögedei and

grandson of Genghis Khan, Bela IV and his family, together with a large retinue of nobility, were forsing

to flee to the southern Croatian region, Dalmatia, where the Tatar army had the first failures (Šibenik and

Klis) in their conquering of Europe. Impregnable fortresses of Dalmatia (Klis, Trogir and the local Benedictine

monastery on the island Kraljevac), were havens for the king till the second half of May, 1242. Klis was the

place of death, probably of the plague, of Bela's two daughters: Princess Margaret (ca. 1220-1242) and

Princess Catherine (ca. 1229-1242). Their remains lie in a small sarcophagus above the portal of the Split

Cathedral. Its magnificent tower in front of it was in construction at the time.

At that time, Split was Kingdom's autonomous community, ruled by Croatian nobleman Ivan II Frankopan Krčki,

Duke of Krk, Modruš and Vinodol.

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GyurIca on November 22, 2012

Many thanks Zlatan for sharing and for the description! This is a very famous place for us too.


Best wishes,


GyurIca on November 22, 2012

There is on your avatar Glagolitic writing?

Zlatan Olić on November 22, 2012

Hi GyurIca, i'm glad for ur appreciation of this photo, thx.

yes, the avatar space is written in specific Croatian cuneiform glagolitic alphabet, and it means: God and the Croats (motto originated from 1861).


GyurIca on November 22, 2012

Many thanks for your explanation Zlatan

Friendly greetings,


Zlatan Olić on November 22, 2012

with pleasure GyurIca

my respect

One more Like for this marvellous photo dear friend!!!!!

Greetings and best wishes from Greece-Piraeus.


Hollis chen on November 23, 2012

very good photo..


Best wishes from Taiwan,HungChu Chen

Filipunes on November 23, 2012

That's a nice place to the end. Good register. L3

Jadranko Katavić on November 23, 2012

zanimljivo osvjetljenje L4

Voar Alto on November 23, 2012

Beautiful,nice capture.LK: Greetings,Eduardo.

Alberto Asensio on November 23, 2012

Bella foto que parece guardar secretos históricos muy singulares, Zlatan Olić. Un cordial saludo.

Oliver Švob on November 24, 2012


Odlična slika, L&F

Srdačan pozdrav!

João Paulo Coutinho on November 24, 2012

Bela foto.LIKE

Səməd on November 24, 2012

Impressive! I liked.

lurdesa_ on November 24, 2012

Excel.lent document i preciòs color !.like 9

lurdesa Salutacions amic .-

Itallica on November 24, 2012

nicely captured!

Kind regards, tery

Oleg Timofeev on November 25, 2012

It is very interesting and nice place!! Like & Best wishes from Russia, Oleg

Godo Nikolov on November 26, 2012

Beautiful photography! LIKE.

Sincere greetings from Bulgaria.

Vanni Lazzari on November 26, 2012

Molto bella, like. Saluti Vanni

sziaa on November 26, 2012

Very beautiful picture!


Best greetings: sziaa

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