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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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Judit Losonciné Zana on December 4, 2012

Very good photo, and story.

I liked!

Al the best, Judit

Arolldo Costa on December 4, 2012

Bela foto!!! L

Very good photo! Like!

Mir Bashir on December 11, 2012

Nice capture. LIKE

tor tom on December 12, 2012

good perspective & colours!

Interesting story. Great photo!!

Like 19.

greetings, Tomas

Tihomir Gržinčić on December 24, 2012

Sretan Božić i sve najbolje u Novoj godini! Pozdrav, Tihomir

Kalin Ranchev on December 24, 2012

Unique historical place, nice composition, wonderful lights and colors!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!





Mher Ishkan on February 21, 2013


Ijaz Ahmad Mughal on March 25, 2013

Excellent , Beautiful colors & Night Shot ! ,,,,Like!......,,Best greetings from Ijaz Ahmad

Melsen Felipe on April 6, 2013

Buen tiro amigo, enhorabuena, L

Un cordial saludo desde Costa Rica, Melsen Felipe

Giannino NO VIEWS on July 24, 2013

beautiful stairway - L I K E - The best wishes from Rome - Gianni

NilouAghdam on August 30, 2013

B e a u t i f u l,

Ivan Logvinov on April 23, 2014

Interesting photo!
Best greetings from Russia!

Zlatan Olić on June 27, 2014


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