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  • The baroque Dom
    The baroque Dom
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  • Franciscan church
    Franciscan church
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  • The Main square
    The Main square
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  • The Maria Teresa Triumphal Arch

    I don`t know why, but in Hungary, constructing triumphal arches was never trendy. In fact, this is the one and only arch in the whole country. Created in classical style by the same Isidore Canevale, the architect of the Dom, on request of the bishop, Migazzi, in honour of Maria Teresa. In 1764 the queen visited Hungary and the inhabitants of Vác...

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  • The majestic Danube II

    Vác in this moment doesen`t have any Danube bridge, but this will maybe change within some years. This is why the only was to get to the other part of the river is taking the ferry, as long as you do not prefer swimming>:-) In reality you can only see the half (maybe a little more) of the Danube, because the other side (Tahitótfalu) is the...

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  • The fantastic Promenade! III/I

    When I studied in Vác I went here, to the shore of the Danube very often, because the atmosphere is simply unique! Here you can enjoy the real Danube, not like in Budapest where the Danube shore is stupidly separated by streets and cars from the city. This promenade is quite long and from the Fransiscan church you can walk until the famous (si fa...

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  • Nice stuccos at the entrance

    Canavale Isidore in 1762 used the funds created by Pilgram one year before, in 1761 to the construction of his less spectacular, classical style Dom. He prefered the new french revolutional style and in 10 years, until 1772 with the help of Gáspár Oswald, architect of the Big Church in Kecskemét, the church was ready and could be consacrated. The...

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  • Interesting exposition beneath the main...

    Beneath the main square you can find an exposition about the past of this old city. Here you can see models of the medieval Vác, drawings, images from the excavations, the funds of the medieval cathedral destroyed during the turkish wars and a charming skeleton as well>;-) Under the square there are lot of other medieval cellars because those...

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  • The classical-baroque Dom on Constantin...

    It was Károly Eszterházy the bishop of Vác to built this simple, outside classical but inside late baroque cathedral. In that period the city was divided by a wall. In one part lived the hungarians, while in the other part the germans. Eszterházy decided to pull down the wall and in this place was constructed the Konstantin square wich we can see...

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  • The White church from outside

    The White church is the most famous church in Vác. It recieved it`s name from the dominican monks who wore allways a typical white cloth. In reality this church was until the past year yellow. I think that it was repainted to symbolize better it`s name. Altough the construction of this church began in 1699, it was finished only in 1755. In 1995 in...

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  • The majestic Danube

    Watching the Danube from the Promenade is just fantastic! You can sit down everywhere on the rocks to enjoy this unparaleled view. One of my favourite photos I`ve ever taken is the main pic of this tip. Well, isn`t it relaxing?:)

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  • Inside the Dom III/III

    The interior of the church is surprisingly luminous for a cathedral, even when the lights arent swiched on.The Choir is supported by big corinthian columns, and in the whole nave we find numerous corinthian haf-columns. Here you can find the huge baroque organ wich is famous for it`s exellent sound.In the Dom, also thanks to it`s great accoustics,...

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  • Inside the White church

    Although the facades of the church aren`t fancy, the rococo decorations of the only nave of this church made between 1760 and 1770, after the consacration of hte church, are splendid, just see the pictures.In1995 when the renovation of the church started, in the crypt in a room walled up for more than 200 years the archeologists found 268 completly...

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  • The Franciscan church from outside

    The construction of the Franciscan church wich you can find at the Géza square began in 1721 and finished in 1761, when the city started to built the Dom. Like a typical franciscan church, not even this one has towers at the frontal facade, you can find the only tower at the other part of the church. At the end of the XVII. century Vác and it`s...

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  • Lovely baroque chapel on the main square

    This chapel with the hospital in wich is located was built in copf style between 1775 and 1785. With it`s internal this chapel gives another example of the baroque-classical art that flourished in Vác in the XVIII.century.

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  • The Main (15 of march)square II/II

    The square in the communist times was transformed and lots of cars passed through. Than, thanks also to the generous help of the European Union, in 2005 began the excavations(see in another tip) and in 2006 the square was completly reconstructed. Sincerly when I saw the plans, I had many doubts, like all Vác, but when in october 2006 I went to the...

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  • The Main (15 of march)square II/I

    Since the middle ages, the 15 March square (recieved it`s name only in the XX.century after the revolution in 1848-49 wich started on the 15 of march) is the main square of Vác. On the square we find fine baroque buildings, like the hospital of the clement order, the White church with the moncal quarters of the dominicans, the greek church, the...

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  • Inside the Dom I of III

    In reality this church isn`t a Dom even if everybody calls it this way. At the entrance we can see an abbreviation, D.O.M, wich means „Deo Optimo Maximo” and this is why we call it Dom.The internal part, in wich 5000 people can enter has the following parameters: 60 meters long, 28 meters wide and 50 meters tall. The church was consacrated to Mary...

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  • The notorious Jail

    This is one of Hungary`s most famous and oldest still functioning jails. It was built in the XVIII.century, but it was transformed only in 1855 to a penitentiary.I`m sure that you apologize me that I didn`t want to make photos by all means of the internal of this building-complex:)))

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  • 'The fantastic Promenade!III/III

    If you don`t go right along the Danube, you can see some great buildings along the Promenade. The most famous of these buildings is that wich incorporates a bastion of the old castle, but also the other one(the pink building with tower) looks fine. Furthermore you can find here some great restaurants and a fine baroque statue that represents Saint...

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  • The fantastic Promenade! III/II

    I put in other 4 pictures, to illustrate, how quiet and relaxing this Promenade is, with trees, flowers and the Danube (see tips). Fortunately this place was allways very well kept and cured. I hope this habit will remain;)

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  • The Konstantin square

    The Konstantin square, as I`ve alrady written was created in 1761. We can find here not only the Dom, but also the episcopal palace, nice buildings and a street that goes towards the main square of the city. On this street we find the holy trinity monument and the Piarist church, wich was built between 1725 and 1745. This church later, in 1866 was...

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  • Inside the Franciscan church

    The internal of the franciscan (holy cross) church is typlically "franciscan". Nice, but not exessively ornated, only the outstanding main altar, constructed and painted in an early rococo style, between 1726 and 1729, is richly decorated.This altar represents the scene when martyr saint Stephen (not identical to the hungarian king) is beeing...

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  • Inside the DOM II/3-the cupola

    Also the late baroque frescos of the monumental cupola, finished in 1771, are work of the same Franz Anton Maulbertsch. They represent the triumph of the Holy Trinity. Above the sancturary we find a half cupola with further Maulbertsch frescos.When I made these photos, I noticed this strange light at the cupola. Maybe it would be better dimming...

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Vac Restaurants

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    by 1courage Updated May 8, 2007

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    This restaurant whose name I francly don`t remember (since it was reconstructed 2 years ago it was renamed), even if I eat here each time I visit Vác :) can be found in a medieval cellar. The food is exellent, the portions are big, the staff is gentle, maybe the only "con" I could mention is the quite humid and heavy air, wich is btw. normal in an old cellar. I can recomend you this restaurant.

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Vac Transportation

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    The train station

    by 1courage Updated May 6, 2007

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    The easiest and most confortable way to reach Vác is taking the train at the Nyugati Railway station. It departs in every 30 minutes and in 30-45 minutes arrives to Vác. This is the oldest railway in Hungary. This line was opened to the public in 1846 on the 15th of july.
    From the train station of Vác-see image- you take nothing more than 15 minutes to reach the city centre by foot.

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Vac Off The Beaten Path

  • The Red house-a huge baroque building

    Don`t miss to visit one of the most famous buildings of Vác, the Red house, built in 1731. If you come from the Train station, turn on the left at the Csányi körút and shortly you will see the siluette of this huge baroque building wich from itís construction was allways red. it`s originally was a kind of local costums house. Nowdays hosts...

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  • Streets in Vác

    The streets in Vác, especially in summer is very pleasant. These streets are all environed by trees and little XVIII-XIX. century houses. None of them has more than 1 floor. so you feel that you are in a friendly little town. In fact Vác has about 32.000 inhabitants.

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  • 2 other catholic churches

    As you could see in the previous tips, in Vác there are lots of churches. Here are two other churches. I could never enter in this neogothical to see, how the internal looks like, but I`m sure that it`s nice.There are more of them, but this time I didn`t photographed them. This is why Vác is called often the "city of the churches".

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