It took us almost two hours to see all the sights of Bory-Var with its towers, spiral stairs, sculptures of royal families as well as the works of the contemporary Hungarian artists. Very well worth seeing.
It was also a nice walk from this lovely castle to our Vadaszkurt Pansio, which is located around 45 minutes walk down from Bory-Var.
Peach and apple treas on both sides of the road, nice country houses.
You can also reach the castle by bus: station is located minutes away from downtown Szekesfehervar.
This church had been constructed before the Basilica was built:between 1745-51.
The ceilings and frescos, wich are even more spectacular than those in the Basilica, are works of Caspar Franz Sambach austrian painter. After Joseph the 2nd dismissed the Jesuite order, the church was given to the paulita order and than in 1813 the cistercita order recieved it.
The vestry has one of the most beautiful roccoco wooden furniture that you can immagine. (I was so stupid that I erased some of the photos, so in this moment I have no photos about it)
The Saint Stephen`s basilica (not identical to the other in Budapest) has medieval origins. The crypt(see in the other tip) was built in romanic style. The baroque basilica was constructed according to the plans of Martin Grabner beetween 1758 and 1768.
The altar painting is a work of Vincenz Fischer, while the altar was projected by Franz Anton Hillebrandt who was the architect of the Royal court in Vienna. If it`s true (I`m not convinced at all that it`s original) in this church is guarded one piece of Saint Stephen`s skull.
Just look at the fabulous frescos in the church, made by Johann Cymbal. Wow!
St. Anne's Chapel, from 15th century, is the only medieval chapel in Szekesfehervar to have survived intact. The Gothic aisleless chapel has a fine net-vault. The sanctuary is closed by three sides of the octagon.
It was King St. Stephen who built up the cathedral, founded the illustrious capitular school where the fundamental acquirements were taught on a level up to the European standard. King Stephen's basilica was one of the monumental buildings of its time in Europe; it was quite a technical miracle. The basilica was the most significant place of the medieval Hungarian State throughout five centuries. There, in the cathedral stood the throne, was kept the crown, the symbols of the royal power and the country's treasury. This great architectural masterpiece was destroyed by the Turks in the 16th century (it was used as a gunpowder house!!!).But you can see the ruins of this magnificent building even today in the Ruins' Gardens.
It is worth seeing the Village Museum in the Rác street.
In 1990, Székesfehérvár won the Europa Nostra award for the renovation of the old landhouses. This is where you can see the Rác church which is decorated with Byzantine style frescos.
I like this clock so much. Every number is made from living flowers. Selves the date. (You can't see it on this old picture, but belive me!)
Imagine the person who is responsible to switch the flowers every day. Imagine the most tarrific date: 1999.12.31. (All the numbers must be replaced!!) :-)
Baroque city center!
Tác - Gorsium. Remnants of the roman city Gorsium, situated 15km southwest of Székesfehérvár, just off motorway M7.
Velencei lake - 15km southeast. Excellent for birdwatching. Also for swimming, sailing from May till September.
Rock formations overlooking the lake. Can be acessed from Pákozd village.
If You plan to take a walk in the city itself You wouldn't want to miss the old cathedral, and its surroundings, such as the Black Eagle Pharmacy Museum, which is furnished with 18th century carved furnishings, and the pharmatical equipment of the last two centuries. The main City Hall, and the Franciscan Church are worth to take a look at them.
The old city was designed and built in the baroque era. The Churches, the Cathedral, and the City Hall all represent this style.
there are plenty of thing to look at, see my photos of the buildings and statues that are scattered around!
This "castle" is a structure built almost entirely by one Hungarian man, as a concrete expression of marital love. The man decorated with many sculptures that he made himself.
The new attrection of the town is the "Glockenspiel" symbolising some of the kings crowned or buried in the town in the Middle Ages. A clock museum will be opened soon in the same building.
See the Secessionist house next to the Arpad bath.. The statue of Ballerina standing in front of it is Ferenc Medgyessy's work.
The medieval house in Juhasz Gyula street represents the remains of the 13-15th century stone-building which were preserved.
The naked horseman figure, holding a sword stands on a podestal, was made by the order of the officers staff of the No 10 Hussars in 1937.