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    ESZTERGOM BASILICA

    by balhannah Updated Apr 27, 2014

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    Esztergom Basilica is a little further on from Visegrad.
    The main reason to come here, is to see the Esztergom Basilica.

    I was really disappointed that something was on at the Esztergom Basilica, and that I wouldn't be able to visit.

    The Basiica is Hungary's largest church AND HAS the world's largest altar-piece.
    ADMISSION to the Basilica is free.


    A church other than the present Basilica once stood here, only was destroyed during war. Only a side-chapel built in the years following 1507 by archbishop Tamás Bakócz to be his burial chapel survived. It is one of the earliest and most beautiful renaissance buildings outside Italy.

    Building began on the present classicist Basilica in 1822 and took nearly 50 years to complete. Finally the Basilica was consecrated on August 31, 1856.
    The crypt built in ancient Egyptian style is the burial place of archbishops of Esztergom.

    CRYPT OPENING HOURS:
    1 Mar – 31 Oct 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    1 Nov – 28 Feb 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    ADMISSION - 200HUF/person

    The stairs to the right of the main altar lead you to the Treasury displaying pieces of goldsmith's art. The oldest item of the collection is an oval mountain crystal made in the 9th century AD .

    TREASURY OPENING HOURS

    1 Mar – 31 Oct 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Daily
    1 Nov – 12 Jan 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Closed on Monday
    ADMISSION -Treasury: 900 HUF/adult, 500/students, pensioners, children.

    Visits to Cathedral Cupola give good views

    Cathedral Cupola - OPENING HOURS

    1 Apr – 31 Oct 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
    Can be visited in good weather only.
    TICKET 700 HUF/person

    The liturgical space of the Basilica is closed for tourist visits 30 minutes before holy Masses start. During church services the church is not open for tourists.
    The Treasury, the Cathedral Cupola and the Crypt may be visited without any restrictions during Masses.

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    MARZIPAN

    by balhannah Written Apr 26, 2014

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    Szentendtre has a Marzipan Museum! I wanted to visit as I really enjoy seeing what creative people can do. Unfortunately, I was too early for the opening hours of the Museum!

    Marzipan is a sweet that dates back to the Middle Ages. In Szentendre, two excellent Confectioners come together to open a shop and museum. All I could view, was their marzipan products, pastries, Hungarian wines, paprika, salami, goose liver, ice-cream and other products.

    In the Museum are all types of sculptures made entirely of Marzipan. Funny, serious, famous buildings, such as the Hungarian Parliament building, busts of famous Hungarians, and cartoon characters and celebrities and more, quite an impressive list. I took a look at their website and thought it was marvellous what they can do with Marzipan.

    So, if you are like me, and like seeing artists being creative, then this Museum may be for you.

    OPENING HOURS 10 - 6PM

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    SAINT FLORIAN CHAPEL

    by balhannah Written Apr 26, 2014

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    This tiny Chapel I found as I made my way along Kossuth utca towards the River. The unassuming white-washed Chapel was built in 1750 at the place where a huge wildfire was stopped. The chapel was founded in honour and praise of Saint Florian. It has quite a nice gate with Baroque wrought ironwork.

    Saint Florian is the Patron Saint of Fire fighters and is known as the protector of firefighters

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    CHURCH SQUARE - TEMPLOM TER

    by balhannah Written Apr 26, 2014

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    The walled Templom tér on the top of Castle hill was once a Fortress in the Middle Ages. In the 18th century, Catholic Croatians from Dalmatia settled here around the church.
    I visited the Churches and enjoyed the wonderful views from the terrace. I could see all over the town, lots of rooves and the Danube river - quite a lovely view and well worth the effort to make it here.

    In summer the church square is bustling with market stalls offering a wide choice of souvenirs.

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    THE DANUBE PROMENADE

    by balhannah Written Apr 25, 2014

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    The Danube promenade stretches for quite a way along Szentendre.

    I had seen all the old town that I wanted to, so instead of returning to my car through the village, I found some steps that led me to the top of a levee bank. A concrete pathway and some garden seats situated along the way, throw in great views of the river, making this an enjoyable walk.

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    ST. PETER & PAUL CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Apr 25, 2014

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    Built in 1708 as an wooden Orthodox Church consecrated to St. Nicholas, it was rebuilt in stone in 1750 and consecrated to Saint Peter-Paul in 1796.

    A huge number of Serbian people settled in Szentendre and constructed the Church.
    This Church has the distinction of being the first church in Szentendre to close its doors and become a home for the Pigeons. This happened because of the Serbians' resettling back home.
    In later years, the Church was sold to the Catholic church.

    The building is Late Baroque, I thought much nicer on the outside than the inside, which was rather plain. There weren't any frescoes, just an arched transept, pillars and arched windows.

    In 1991, on the 200th anniversary of the construction of the church, the whole structure was reconstructed for the visit of Pope John Paul II in Hungary. Outside, in the church garden, is a statue of the Pope.

    Don't worry if you miss this Church!

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    POZAREVACKA CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Apr 25, 2014

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    Požarevaèka Church was a baroque church I found near the Bükkös River. It is situated according to the rules of the Orthodox Church. This means that the main front is not looking at the street but to the hill of the Roman camp.

    It is quite a plain church that was was consecrated to the archangels Saint Michael and Gabriel. Once again, it is another Church with a valuable iconostasis (a wall of icons), this one made according to the Post Byzantine Greek principle. The Iconostasis was created much earlier than any other in Szentendre. The gilded pictures are separated by some ornaments with bunches of grapes and trailers.
    The Gate of the Tsars is original, the two others on the sides were replaced in the 20th century.

    There is no regular church service here.

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    WALK AND GET LOST!

    by balhannah Written Apr 25, 2014

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    This is exactly what I did. As it happened, I didn't find the tourist information centre until I was about to leave, it really didn't matter though.

    Szentendre has a wonderful, fairly compact old town area. Perhaps I should mention it is hilly, so be prepared for uphill and downhill walking.
    I first found the streets full of souvenir shops, bought some gear, then decided to head towards the Church towers on the hill. I wound around and up many steps, past really old interesting homes, some with religious icons. Most of the homes were painted, many had white washed walls enclosing their yards. One in particular I really liked, as a green vine was clambering over the wall and old gate. From the top, it was time to find my way to the bottom! Easy! A Church spire is what I headed for, once again down steps and through one of the narrowest alley ways I've ever walked through.

    Do it and have a wonderful time!

    Look up, look down, look around!

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    THE BELGRADE CATHEDRAL

    by balhannah Written Apr 25, 2014

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    i consider the Belgrade Cathedral, a MUST VISIT out of the 9 Churches in Szentendre.

    The original Belgrade Church came about because of all the Greek, Serbian, Dalmatian and Bosnian fugitives who came here to start new lives after the fall of Belgrade in 1521. By 1690, a significant number had settled in Szentendre, and so the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Buda was founded in the village. The Belgrade settlers built their church of stone and named it the Belgrade Church.

    This bishopric Cathedral, consecrated to the Virgin Mary, is the most extensively ornamented of all the churches in Szentendre. The Cathedral has the tallest Church tower out of all the 9 Churches in Szentendre.

    To reach the Cathedral, I first passed through a beautiful gate, with ornamentel vases decorating it. The church's garden by the stone wall and several stone and marble gravestones can be seen. Next to the main entrance of the church there is a patriarchal building, which is said to have belonged to Patriarch Arsenije III.

    Time to step inside, and this was a real wow experience! It was such a surprise to see the stunning interior of this Cathedral. To my left was a massive icon from 1781 and very valuable - It was beautiful! The gilded linden pulpit and the Episcopal throne with baldachin are both worth a look.
    The church is divided into three sections, the "women's church", the "men's church", situated one step lower, and the sanctuary. You most probably will notice the lack of Pews, an Orthodox way of attending Church - Parishioners must be standing! On a few of the rich may sit on one of the few leaning chairs along the walls.

    This is the only Church with a regular service.

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    CHURCH OF ST. JOHN

    by balhannah Written Apr 25, 2014

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    If you wish to see the Church of ST. John the Baptist, then you will have to be prepared to walk up a steep hill, as this Church is located at the top of Castle Hill. The Roman Catholic church happens to be the oldest building in Szentendre, and has been listed as a historical monument since 1957.

    Originating from the Middle Ages, this Church is one to view the interior.

    It has a tower and a clock from the 18th century, plus a sundial on the buttress under the tower. This was carved from a single stone in the 1300s, and it's a unique relic of the history of astronomy in Hungary.

    There are three giant Early Baroque groin vaults and three side altars. The altar for the worship of the Pietà shows the Virgin Mary and Jesus in the tomb. The statue of Saint Barbara and Saint Catherine can be seen on the altar, next to the painting.

    On the sides of the sanctuary, the altars of the Biblical Magi and Saint Andrew can be seen. The altar of the Biblical Magi has a painting representing the Biblical Magi paying their respect to Jesus. The other painting depicts Jesus giving the keys of the kingdom of heaven to Peter.

    The altar of Saint Andrew from 1755 has a painting of Saint Andrew with statues of Saint George and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary on either side.

    The lovely pulpit is next to the altar of the Biblical Magi. On its parapet there are the four Evangelists, on the sounding board there is Jesus with a cross, and on the inner part of the sounding board there is a dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit.

    The frescos on the walls are quite recent as they were painted between 1933 and 1938. These are different because they show the biblical scenes with a background of Szentendre.
    The highest point of the altar is a God's eye symbol carved from wood. On the left side of the main altar there is the news-bringing angel, and on the right side there is the Angelic Salutation. The figures of God and the Holy Spirit can be seen above.

    Above the triumphal arch the meeting of Jesus and his 12 Apostles is depicted and to the western side wall, the figures of Peter and Paul and the Ascension of Jesus were painted.
    The painting on the ceiling shows Hungarian saints like Saint Stephen I, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Saint Ladislaus I or Saint Margaret of Hungary paying homage to Mary. The four corners of the ceiling fresco bear the symbols of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

    The church has four bells, some with religious inscriptions and reliefs.
    One has the inscription....
    "Our Lady of Hungary pray for us! Every toll of mine is a beat of the Hungarian nation's heart, a supplicatory prayer for Greater Hungary and for the Resurrection of Hungary."

    A really interesting Church to have a look in!
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    BLAGOVESTENSKA CHURCH

    by balhannah Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    Blagoveštenska Church, is located in the main town square of Szentendre. The church was erected in honour of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1752. The name of the church means "Angelous Regards".

    Built in a mix of Baroque and Rococo architecture. it has a centre tower and is divided into three sections by four wall pillars. Entry is through an ornamented arched stone gate with oak door wings. I wasn't able to go inside and haven't been able to find photos of the inside to see what it's like.

    I have read it has a valuable Rococo wall of icons made in the 1790s, which separate the nave from the sanctuary. Only the people taking part in the ceremony are allowed to enter.

    The wall of icons has the Gate of the Tsars, some pictures of the Annunciation, The Last Supper, Mary with the Baby Jesus, A scene of the life of Jesus, Saint Stephen, the Deacon, Saint John Chrysostom and other scenes. Above the crown moulding, the Blessed Trinity can be seen with Virgin Mary in the middle and with the twelve Apostles on the sides. At the top of the wall of icons there is the crucified Jesus with the Pietà on the left and with Saint John on the right. Most pictures of the iconostasis have extensively gilded frames.
    It sounds really nice, and I did manage to see one in another Church at Szentendre.
    The church has a valuable red marble altar and preparatory table for the Holy Communion, made by coloured stones in 1754.

    Opening hours: 10 - 5PM closed MONDAYS
    ADMISSION 300 H/F

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    THE MAIN SQUARE OF SZENTENDRE

    by balhannah Written Apr 22, 2014

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    Szentendre's main square isn't that large and is triangular in shape!
    I found that many streets led to this square. I happened to come down to the square from the church on the hill, then from the square, I followed another street that took me to the Danube river. There were several other streets coming into the square.

    In the centre of the square, is a Baroque cross or Plague cross, that was erected in 1763, by Serbian merchants to commemorate the fact that plague avoided the town.
    Well kept Merchant's houses, shops, restaurants, museums and souvenirs shops surround the square.
    As I was here early, it was pretty quiet and very pleasant. I was lucky I beat the first busload of tourists that were pouring into the square.
    I read horse-drawn carriages leave from the square, taking visitors for rides around the town. I think I may have been too early for these.
    The square is classified as a historic monument.

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    Christmas museum and shop

    by Turska Updated Oct 20, 2013

    Karácsony Múzeum-Szalon is the name at the door.
    I love christmas, and it was allready November, so what a great time to visit this place!
    It was for me like a candy shop for chilren. Most of decorations were little too glittering for my taste, but it was fun to watch them anyway. I did buy some wooden ones.

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    Blagovestenska Church

    by leics Updated Jun 8, 2013

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    This Orthodox church was built in the 18th century.

    Inside is a marvellous and complex iconostasis, created by Mihaly Zsivkovics.

    There are also some rather faded and damaged wall-paintings still recognisable. Over the entrance is a painting on wood of St Helene and St Constantine.

    Whilst I visited a tape of accapella religious singing was being played......very atmospheric. See video

    The tombstone to the left of the entrance is that of a Greek merchant.

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    Catedral Beogradska Serbian Ortodox Church

    by mindcrime Written Nov 7, 2012

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    After visiting the Serbian Ecclesiastical Museum we waited for someone from the museum to unlock the cathedral for us. Belgrad-Serbian Orthodox Cathedral was built in 1756. Some may ask why they have an orthodox cathedral in a town full of catholics? It’s because before the 20th century Serbs were the majority here.

    Painted in red color with an elegant tower worth to be see anyway because the ticket includes a visit to the near by ecclesiastical museum.
    Once inside the church we took some pictures of the large beautiful iconostasis (pic 4) but got dissapointed with the rest of the church.

    It’s open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-18.00 (October-april till 17.00)
    The entrance fee for the museum (and the church) is 600Ft

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