- Stephen I
also Saint Stephen (c. 975 –1038 AD), was the first King of Hungary from 1000 or 1001 until his death in 1038. Stephen established at least one archbishopric, six bishoprics and three Benedictine monasteries; thus the Church in Hungary developed independently of the archbishops of the Holy Roman Empire. He encouraged the spread of Christianity with severe punishments for ignoring Christian customs. Hungary, which enjoyed a lasting period of peace during his reign, became a preferred route for pilgrims and merchants traveling between Western Europe and the Holy Land or Constantinople. He survived all of his children. His death caused civil wars, which lasted for decades. Stephen is a popular saint in Hungary and the neighboring territories.
- Györfi, Lajos
(1960) is an Hungarian sculptor
The unveiling in 2009 of this equestrian statue in Komárno, a Slovakian town on the border with Hungary, where ethnic Hungarians form the majority of the population, gave rise to a diplomatic conflict, as the Hungarian president was not allowed to attend the ceremony. The only official reason given for the denial was that the president’s visit might have constituted a security risk as the police would have been unable to prevent Slovak extremist groups from disrupting the ceremony.