Concern over the
Basilica's Tight, Steep Stairs
Wednesday, 6 December 2006, 18:04
Television crews have already arrived at Saint Stephen's Basilica, where
Ferenc Puskás will be laid to his final rest on Saturday. In the
neighbourhood of the basilica, work continues to finish the road
reconstruction. The only cause for worry is the tight, steep staircase
that leads down into the crypt.
wouldn't do this, even for a football player," said a security man in
Saint Stephen's Basilica. The utterly helpful In-Kal (security company)
employee does not understand why there should be all this pomp, why it was
not possible to arrange a funeral in peace and quiet, why it was necessary
to plan Ferenc Puskás's last journey with all these trappings
Television crews have already arrived at the basilica, and many lights and
tripods are already in place. Work on the neighbouring roads continues
apace. While the completion of this work was originally promised for March,
it seems they want to move this up to Saturday, since the expected crowds
should not have to wait to get in on torn up streets. They work on both
sides of the street, opposite the entrance, and if they continue at this
rate, the work will probably be finished by Saturday.
as Thursday, those who loved and respected him may bid farewell to the
former football player, who was chosen best sportsman of the 20th century.
For two days, from ten in the morning till eight at night, all may come to
pay their respects. The coffin will be set out under the cupola all
Saturday morning. From here, on Saturday, it will be taken to Puskás
Stadium, where, starting at 4 p.m., a one-hour memorial event will be held.
Then, passing Heroes' Square, the coffin will be transported on a gun
carriage back to the basilica in order to bid a final farewell to the
legend with a Catholic ceremony.
end of the farewell on Saturday, only a small circle of family members
will take part in the consecration of his burial site and his commitment
to his final resting place. In the crypt, there are six thousand urn
repositories, which cost between four and five hundred thousand forints.
These are eternal resting places, and three urns can fit in one repository.
There is room for altogether six coffins in the crypt. These places cost
three million forints each.
To get to
the crypt, one must leave the basilica and re-enter through a separate
door on the side of the building. As we know, there is concern over the
steep staircase, where it will be difficult to carry the coffin. Indeed,
the way is narrow and winding. Hungarian Television (channels 1 and 2), as
well as Duna Television and Hungarian Radio, will broadcast the memorial
Airport Terminal Named After Puskás
management of the company which operates the FlyBalaton airport in
Sármellék - in honour of the best footballer of all time and the
20th century's best known Hungarian, Ferenc Puskás - will name the
new terminal building, which was erected in May 2006, after Ferenc
Puskás. The statement submitted by FlyBalaton to the Hungarian News
Service relates that in May, they received permission from the
family to use his name.
In one of the prominent areas of the terminal building, visitors can
get to know the history of Puskás Ferenc's career and that of the
Golden Team from photos and displays. The naming ceremony will take
place with the participation of a Hungarian former championship team
and the Budesliga league, as well as the presence of distinguished
foreign guests, in Spring 2007.