Videos and articles about the heritage of Homoródkarácsonyfalva
Gyula Szombathelyi as guest in the television programme entitled Paletta in Hír Televízió (a Hungarian News and Information Channel)
MTV – Kárpáti Krónika (Carpathian Chronicle) Friday morning 07 04 2006
The Unitarian church of Homoródkarácsonyfalva is considered a monument. The church was built in the first half of the 13th century, and was renovated several times. The furniture of the interior, the Romanesque sanctuary and the 17th and 18th-century inscriptions on the triumphal arch all substantiate the monumental value of the church. Restorers from Hungary decided to survey the interior of the church in order to document the painted furniture and works of art and the inscriptions of the triumphal arch. A part of a fresco was discovered under the plaster flaking off, and it turned out to be a fresco representing the Legend of St. Ladislas.
Excerpt from an interview with József Lángi restorer:
It is astonishing that the fresco features incredibly fresh and lively hues as if the fresco had been painted in recent times. The fresco can be seen in such a colourful state as the medieval spectator could have seen it. The peculiarity of the fresco lies in the fact that this fresco cycle features a scene, which renders this representation a rare one among the several variants of the story. This rarely represented additional episode depicts the so-called Audience preceding the scene of St. Ladislas’ leave of Várad before the battle.
The exploration cost was undertaken by the Foundation for Homoródkarácsonyfalva (Homoródkarácsonyfalváért Alapítvány), thus the working process can be continued. According to the assumption of experts, the frescoes originate from the Middle Ages, and their master is unknown.
Krónika, 2006-08-03.The Battle of St. Ladislas at Kerlés (article published in a Transylvanian newspaper entitled Krónika (in English, Chronicle) Restoring the Unitarian church of Homoródkarácsonyfalva, restorers uncovered fresco scenes in the church. The following inscription is engraved in the fresco of St. Ladislas discovered in spring: “Hic fuit Basilius Makay et Ajtay." The second Christian name has been faded away throughout the centuries. The letters of the date, A.D. 1599 are, however, visible, the “nine” characters form a large curve to the bottom of the fresco.
The frescoes, in which Balázs Makay engraved his name, were discovered by József Lángi, a restorer from Budapest, and their conservation will take place in August and September. The next stage of the renovation process will concern the coffered ceiling, which was removed by Ferenc Mihály last week, who will carry the restoration of the coffers out in his workshop in Szováta in 1,5–2 years’ time. 106 coffers, the majority of which is decorated with flower ornaments, cover 100 square metres formed by three-metres-wide boards, and it is only due to the division bars and the decoration that each coffer is discernible. The ceiling was made in the fashion of the era in 1752. The decorators of furniture undertook the work in spring, and accomplished the decoration of the coffers in the garden of the church on the ground from spring to autumn – as Ferenc Mihály related. The renovation of two years time will comprise the clearing, disinfection and the conservation of the ceiling, and then the decoration and wooden structure will be aesthetically restored and completed. The layer of decoration has also been damaged, and the proportion of its fault is 30-50%, the traces of insects in the wood is moderate, but considering the entire ceiling, its condition is not worse and not better either than the unrestored ones of the same age – says the restorer from Szováta.
Lángi József and Mihály Ferenc have published two books about Transylvanian frescoes and furniture jointly, and the third one of the series is to be published in the near future. They have taken an inventory of the frescoes, ceilings, pulpits and wooden sculptures, which are still preserved throughout Transylvania, on a cooperative basis for years. The entire church decoration lies under the plaster surface in the church of Homoródkarácsonyfalva, three fresco scenes has been revealed by József Lángi - as Ferenc Mihály relates the work of his colleague staying in Budapest recently. One of the earliest of the fresco scenes represents the Child on whom water is poured from a jug. St.Helen’s find of the cross and The Adoration of the Magi covered by the pulpit and the memorial plate of the victims of both World Wars have not been revealed entirely yet. The fresco of the St. Ladislas’ Battle of Kerlés representing the saving of the girl abducted by a Kuman has come to light in its beauty on the northern wall of the church situated on the level of the loft. The fresco originating presumably from the 14th century features the greatest degree of resemblance with the mural of Gelence. The mural is in appropriate state and in good quality; no aesthetic complementation, only the conservation of the present state of the fresco will take place. The restoration is funded by the Foundation for Homoródkarácsonyfalva (Homoródkarácsonyfalváért Alapítvány), the registered office of which is in Budapest. We work on the basis of a contract between the Unitarian Church, the Foundation for Homoródkarácsonyfalva and the restorers. The expenses amounting to 10 million HUF are covered by the funding of the companies of Dona Döme in Budapest and Fenestella in Illyefalva, and also by donation of Nobilis Kristóf. – said Gyula Szombathelyi, the president of the Foundation.
Author: Csaba Kovács
Tüzes kardok (Burning swords) by Judit Lauf in: Magyar Nemzet (an article published in Hungarian Nation, one of the main Hungarian daily newspapers on 19th August 2006)
The Unitarian church of Homoródkarácsonyfalva was awarded the Bartók Béla Prize (Bartók Béla-emlékdíj) by The Board of Trustees of the Award for Hungarian Art (Magyar Művészetért Díj Kuratóriuma) in recognition of the value of The St. Ladislas fresco of the church.The list of the awarded individuals, institutions and organisations.
Hungarian History on the Wall (Magyar történelem a falon) an article published in Székely Hírmondó (the online newspaper of Kovászna County in Transylvania) about the fresco of the Legend of St. Ladislas on 11 04 2007