Next door to the Janos Xantus Museum, in the Iron Stump building, is located the Imre Patkó collection. The first and second floors contain a quite extensive collection of 20th century art, and on the third floor is a fascinating display of various objects and artefacts collected by Patkó on his travels as journalist and art historian all over the world, mainly from Africa, Tibet, and India. Certainly worth a visit.
The fascinating building dates from the 17th century, and was once a caravanserai (inn for traveling artisans). The wooden beam on the building's corner where the travelers hammered nails to mark their journey is still standing in its old place.
Museum is open daily except Mondays. From April to September, 10:00 to 18:00, and from October to March, 10:00 to 14:00. None of the ladies who staff the museum when I went there speak English, but they are friendly and helpful.
Stephen Ányos Jedlik, born 1800 was a Hungarian inventor, engineer, physicist and Benedictine priest. Gergely Czuczor also born in 1800 was a Magyar poet, philologist and Benedictine priest. Both of them were professors at the school run by the Order of Saint Benedict.
The János Xántus Museum is mainly a history museum displaying the history of the region from pre-historic times until today. Additional exhibitions include a medical history exhibition, a stamp collection, and fine art exhibitions.
Opposite the Bishop's Castle is the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, an 11th Century triple-aisled Romanesque building, which was rebuilt the first time after having been destroyed by the Mongols around the 13th-15th Century. During the Turkish occupation in 1594 - 1598 it was used for gun-emplacements, ammunition store and stables. Italian architects rebuilt the church again between 1639 and 1645. The latest restoration work was in the 1970s.
One of the most impressive sights in Gyõr is the Italian designed City Hall, which has been in permanent use since the sixteenth century. Famed for its palatial appearance, stone columns, arched windows and highly detailed stonework, the building contains over 200 rooms and is used by the council or sometimes for concerts.
Open: daily, admission: free
The Carmelite Church styled in early Italian Baroque is based on the Carmelite church in Rome and was built between 1721 and 1725. The plans were the work of the Carmelitan monk/architect Márton Witwer.
The Bishops Castle erected on Káptalandomb (the Chapter Hill) is a symbol of the Christianity of West-Hungary and was the 14th C residence of Bishop Kálmán, son of King Charles Robert of Anjou; the Bishop's coat-of-arms adorn the front of the tower.
I just love the internal of this church. After the complete renovation I think that a not really big church couldn`t even look better. The internal was designed by the same Márton Witwer while the paintings were created by the italian Martin Altamonte between 1721 and 1725.
The most impressive parts of the church are the majestic main altar, representing Holy Stephen and his son Holy Imre and the ceiling (see next tip).
Also to be noticed the drammatic side altars, the nice pulpit, created by Ferenc Richter, the two vestries (wich I couldn`t visit this time) and the black Mary statue.
--> This amazing church was built between 1713 and 1725 on plans of the carmelitan monk/architect Márton Witwer who built a couple of other churches throughout Austria.
He designed a very particular church, with eliptic shape, a tower at the back (like a franciscan church) and he unified the italian baroque (Il Gesú in Rome) with the austrian.
The church dominates the skyline of the square and makes it even more beautiful.
----> you will see the view of the Carmelite church, a famous landmark of the city. It`s there where the "beaten path" sights begin.
But first you must go back to the bridge, and as since the river isn`t too wide, you can get to the other side quickly., to the Bécsi Kapu (Vienna Gate) square.
But let`s remain a bit at this wonderful church----->
-------->(back from off the beaten path) If you leave the Saint Roch church, follow the riverside and if you make your way towards east, you will shortly arrive to the Castle and you can admire the walls, the Basilica and the Episcopal palace. In this island, like almost everywhere in Győr there is a park and it`s adviceable to spend a while walking along the Danube bank. A little further there is also a big obelisque and the sight from each part of the island is fantastic.
If you look to south-west-------->
The city hall is one of the most famous landmarks in Győr. It was built in eclectical style between 1896 and 1900 on Jenő Hübner`s plans. Altough it was Ignác Alpár, the famous architect of lots of builings in Budapest who won the tendering. When the mayor told him that the costs would exceed the budget and that the winner plan needed to be modified, he revoked the plans and so the second plan was realized. I think that this is a really nice building wich unfortunately we cannot say about the environment. At the back of the building there is the Railway station while in the opposite side you find a big wide road with intense traffic and a very ugly communist building (similar to the Ministry of the Economy in Budapest on the Margareth Avenue). So it`s not easy to enjoy the greatness of this building. It has a fancy hall in wich there is an organ so it also a concert hall. While from the tower you can enjooy a great view over the city centre and it`s numerous towers.
To reach the city centre you must go straight ahead on the Aradi vértanuk street, but I made a deviation to the left, towards the Rába river (see off the beaten path tips------------>)
When you pass from becsi kapu square the raba kettos(raba double) bridge will pass to the second district of the city. In the middle of the raba double bridge is a small island the Rado Holm. In this small island is one beautiful park.
Here there is a small chapel from the 13 century which found by excavation.In frond of this there is a St Michael's statue.The baroque statue erected in 1764 figures archangel Michail
defeating satan with his fiery sword.
The central square of Gyor. Here you can find the Janos Xantus Museum.The house was called "Apatur Haz"(Abbott's house)locate in Szechenyi squre 5.The exhibition presents the history of Gyor in chronological order, from the prehistoric age until now. The entrance is 600ft.
You give you English translation in the entrance.
In the center of the square you can see the Mary's column. This consecrated in 1686, rendering thanks to the recapture of Buda.
In frond of statue is the Benedictines' building-complex