14th December : Our Lady Of Alba Royale

Our Lady Of Alba Royale

Country : Hungary

Year : 1005

Our Lady of Alba Regis is a shrine in Hungary, built by St. Stephen, King of Hungary, who gave his kingdom to the Blessed Virgin; and so erected this shrine to commemorate the event and remind himself and his whole kingdom that she was royalty there, not he.

The shrine is likewise known as Our Lady of Alba Royale, as indicated in the title above.  As the saintly King Stephen came to his coronation, he begged that the crown be placed on the head of the statue of Mary, not on his own.  The stately church built in honor of the Mother of God is at Stuhlweissenburg, Hungary, and was the place where the Kings of Hungary were both crowned and buried.