This impressive statue and monument was erected at the beginning of the 20th century by the sculptor Jankovits. He sculpted Gellert as a vigorous man and gave him a great deal of resolve and determination. The statue seems to be waving a cross to the city's inhabitants as proof.
It is important to understand that these were not just pagans who opposed Christianity. They were followers of Paganism, idolatry, which was still accepted in many areas of medieval Europe. They not only opposed Christianity but killed and robbed quite a few Hungarian churches and monasteries of those days. The priests were often burned alive, together with the churches that were set on fire. At the head of the pagan revolt that killed Gellért, there was a nobleman named Vati.
Versions are varied. One legend tells that they pushed him down, in a barbed barrel. Another version speaks of a two-wheeled cart down the mountain, with poor Gellért in it. There are those who say that Gellért did not die rolling down the hill, and when he reached the bottom of the mountain, the pagan crowd attacked him and lynched him with stones and bayonets. Either way, it is was cruel death, for the future of the one to become the saint of the city and one of the most important Christian figures in the history of Hungary.
Gellért's body was then placed in a sarcophagus, which was placed in the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in the city. There are stories about the stone, which according to legend, was the final blow to the cathedral in the city of Hernad, but the cathedral itself was destroyed by the Mongols later in history.