Saint Margaret and the Dominicans
2022.11.18. - 2023.03.19.
Photo: Balázs Medve, BHM/Ákos Keppel, BHM
The story and fate of Saint Margaret, the sainted princess, has always captured the imagination of people interested in history.
The Budapest History Museum's newest temporary exhibition on St Margaret and the Dominican monastery on Margaret Island offers visitors a selection of artifacts never before exhibited anywhere.
The occasion for the exhibition is the 750th anniversary of Margaret's death in 2020, and the fact that in the last two decades, our knowledge of the religious institution that was the home of the Queen of the Árpád dynasty has increased considerably.
This is primarily thanks to Eszter Kovács, an archaeologist who died in 2018 and who has carried out several small-scale excavations in the area of the Dominican monastery. This is how the fragments of wall paintings, probably dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, were found, which will be on display for the first time.
The veneration of Margaret has been almost unbroken over the centuries, and her relics and bones were taken to Bratislava by the nuns in the 16th century to escape the Turkish threat. Most of the bones were lost in the 18th century, but perhaps her most famous relic, her penitential stone, has survived, and its ornate reliquary box and an authentic replica of the medieval object can also be admired in the exhibition.
Also on display is the funerary crown of King Stephen V (Margaret's brother), which was buried on Margaret Island as well.
The exhibition is curated by Ágoston Takács
Collection Manager of the Medieval Stone Museum, archaeologist, museologist