Unitarian church: medieval fresco scenes covering 100 square meters, unique coffered ceiling, painted furniture, sanctuary dating from the Árpád Dynasty of medieval Hungary
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The Elizabeth Memorial Column

The memorial is situated outside the walls surrounding the Unitarian Church, with the following epigraph written on it: „Erzsébet nagy királyasszonyunk áldott emléke mindaddig él, míg egy magyar szív dobog. 1904-ben karácsonyfalvi unitárius egyházközség." (In English: “The blessed memory of our great Queen Elizabeth will live as long as there is one Hungarian heart beating. The Unitarian congregation of Karácsonyfalva in 1904”).
The memorial - together with its inscription - is dedicated to Queen Elizabeth, who had a great role in the forming of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, following the repression of the Hungarian War of Independence in 1848-1849.
Elizabeth, the Empress consort of Austria and Queen consort of Hungary, was born in Munich, Bavaria, as the daughter of Maximilian Joseph, Duke in Bavaria and Maria Ludovika, Royal Princess of Bavaria. She married  Emperor Franz Joseph in 1854. Elizabeth became a victim of assassination in Geneva in 1898: Lucheni, an Italian anarchist wounded her fatally with a needle file. Her resting place is in the crypt of the Capuchins in Vienna.

Emperor Franz Joseph and her wife, Empress Elizabeth were crowned king and queen of Hungary and its associated countries in Pest-Buda on 8th June, 1867. At the time of the coronation ceremony, Franz Joseph was 37, Elizabeth 29 years old. The unruliness of the Hungarian noblemen strongly against the coronation was suppressed by the pleasant personality of Elizabeth, who had an attractive and charming nature of her own. She chose Hungarian ladies as companions and did not mind at all to be labelled as a “Hungarian woman” in Austrian circles as a sign of their resentfulness.

She travelled a lot, public duties often summoned her to Budapest, Hungary’s capital; however, she found her right place only in Gödöllő, near Budapest, with herself as the present of the nation. The people of Gödöllő still keep Elizabeth’s memory alive even today, moreover, the whole Hungarian nation has not forgotten her. Memorials, sculptures were erected in memory of her in numerous places after her death. The 2.25 meters high memorial column of Homoródkarácsonyfalva is one of these memorials, which was erected based on the plans of Nándor Hargitai, a teacher at the one-time Technical School of Stone and Pottery Industry in Székelyudvarhely.

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Unitarian church: medieval fresco scenes covering 100 square meters, unique coffered ceiling, painted furniture, sanctuary dating from the Árpád Dynasty of medieval Hungary
Catholic church: Rococo ceiling, sculptures dated before the Reformation period, side altar from 1646, 18th-century altar!