Tihany Things to Do

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    Visiting the abbey

    by Cromatida Written Feb 3, 2007

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    The Benedictine Abbey
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    The Benedictine Abbey was founded in 1055 by András (Andrew) I, who is buried in the crypt. (The founding charter of this abbey is the first extant record of Hungarian language, preserved in Pannonhalma Benedictine Archabbey.) The church itself was rebuilt in baroque style in 1754. The still functioning abbey is a popular tourist attraction due to the historical and artistic significance.
    (from the Benedictine Abbey, which was founded in 1055 by András (Andrew) I, who is buried in the crypt.
    (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tihany)

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    Entering the Abbey...

    by 1courage Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    In front of the Abbey
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    The Abbey was founded in 1055 A.C. by András the Ist. In the medieval era, until the XV. century it flourished, but at the beginning of the XVI. century only few monks remained in the ran down monastery. In fact, in this period all the money they collected from the lordships went to the mantainance of the Tihany castle wich sadly cannot be seen today. The soldiers didn`t care about the abbey itself.
    In 1674 the army gave back the monastery to the Benedictine order but all the complex went in ashes in the big fire of the year 1683. In 1702 the abbey was given to the austrian Altenburg monastery and only in 1716 was rebought by the supreme abbot of Pannonhalma. The new tihanyian abbot, Grassó Villibald in 1719 initiated the reconstruction, wich terminated in 1736, but a new fire burned up again everything. Not much after died the abbot. The new abbot, Lécs Ágoston soon re-iniciated the works and in 1754 the church was ready, but the internal decoration lasted for 3 other decades.

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    Visiting the peninsula

    by Cromatida Written Feb 3, 2007

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    Inside the peninsula you can find 2 lakes (one of them is almost dried out). You can take a trip and visit the peninsula and you will have great views of Balaton and even see teh "cave dwellings". Orthodox monks brought to Hungary from the Grand Dutch of Kiev, by the wife of King Endre I, in about 1550 are presumed to have made and occupied the "cave dwellings"

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    Inside the Abbey I-the nave and the main altar

    by 1courage Updated Aug 5, 2007

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    The internal from the right side
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    The church had originally 3 naves, but the baroque reconstuction modified the internals: nowdays we can see only one big nave. I think that this was a good decision: after entering the church we can see all the ornaments together. Who painted the painting of the fabulous rococo altar? Well, not famous masters, only unknown talents who came from Pápa (lovely baroque town 60-70 km North from Tihany) and Székesfehérvár. The original painting from 1754, representing Saint Anianus in 1822 was in such a bad shape that it had to be substituted by a work of János Novák, painter from Sopron. Nevertheless nowdays we can se the perfect copy of the original painting.
    Several people worked on the gilding of the altars and it was an austro-hungarian carpenter to project and built it: Sebestyén Stuhlhof. He came from Vienna at the age of 31 and he stayed in Tihany for 25 years, altough wasn`t a monk himself.

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    Inside the Abbey V-the 950 years old crypt

    by 1courage Updated Apr 20, 2008

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    Tomb of Andr��s the 1st
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    This is the real highlight of the Tihany abbey: built around 1055 and it remained completely intact during the centuries, while the church and the Abbey were modified and reconstructed several times. Why is it so important?
    1. First of all, the memorandum of foundation of the Tihany Abbey is the very first document (still existing) wich contains among the latin words also some hungarians. You can see only a replica here: the original is in the Pannonhalma abbey some 50 km to the North from Tihany (it`s an UNESCO world heritage site: to know more about it, visit please the site http://www.bences.hu/en )
    2. Here you can find the tomb of the king András the 1st (1047-1060) who founded this monastery in 1055. The king was deadly wounded in a battle (against his own brother, the latter Béla the 1st), died in the nearby Zirc and his body was brought here.
    However the crypt was decorated with paintings by an italian painter, Ambrosio Dornetti in the XVIII. century, and later Károly Lotz modified these paintings, in 1955 these ornaments were all removed (I can`t decide whether this idea was good or not) to illustrate better the ancient times.

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    Local architecture

    by 1courage Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    Typical house
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    In the different parts of the Balaton we find different kinds of popular architecture. The most beautiful caracteristic villages can be found at the Western part of the Lake balaton near the Badacsony mountain, but also the folcloristic architecture of Tihany is famous. Most of the houses have thatched roofs (made by reeds) and were built in the XVIII.-XIX. centuries.

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    Souvenir shops and restaurants everywhere

    by 1courage Updated Mar 13, 2008

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    Souvenir shop
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    All the town centre was transformed for tourism purposes. You can by everywhere local stuff like embroidered spreads, wooden toys for children, clothes, caps, lace...etc...
    Mostly I really don`t care about these things, but tis time I put down my bike and I watched some of them (I even bought a nice T-shirt:)
    Furthermore here you can find loads of restaurants.
    I wasn`t hungry because I had already eaten at the mole, wich was a pity. I should have tried one of these restaurants...well, maybe next time:)

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    Inside the Abbey II-Ceiling & 2 lovely side altars

    by 1courage Updated Aug 4, 2007

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    The ceiling
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    In the XIX.century the original walls, wich despite the rich baroque decoraton were mostly only painted in white, were overpainted by very famous masters, like Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely and Lajos Deák-Ébner. It was Lotz to project the ornaments and the other painters recieved one part of the ceiling to decorate it. It`s fantastic to see the ceiling when you`re coming up from the crypt (see picture n. 5)!
    When the latest renovations were made, the restaurators conserved all the XVIII.century paintings that could be rstored.
    In the Sanctuary you can see two big side altars: the left one is the Mariazell altar, whil the right on is the "Christ`s heart" altar.

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    Inside the Abbey III-4 other side altars

    by 1courage Updated Aug 4, 2007

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    Side altar I
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    The major 2 bigger altars that you see on my images are the saint Benedict altar and saint Scolastica altar, created by János Stern from Pápa who was one of the little known masters who came from other towns, reagions only for the recontruction of the Abbey. Also Sebestyén Stuhlhoff became famous only for this church: he has no other significative works in other churches.

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    Inside the Abbey IV-pulpit and the organ

    by 1courage Updated Aug 4, 2007

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    Thw wonderful Choir
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    The fantastic rococo organ wich for me is the most stupendous part of the church was built in 1765 and it was reconstructed in 1993. On the organ you can see paintings of Saint Caecilia and king David with lyra and lots of typically baroque little angels.
    The rococo pulpit was ready in 1715. On the entrance door you can see the relief of saint Paul. On the pulpit you there are sculptures of 4 saints: Saint Ambrosius, Saint Gregorius (the pope), Saint Hyeronimus and finally Sain Augustinus.

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    Inside the Abbey VII-Museum and lapidary

    by 1courage Written Aug 4, 2007

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    Very old statue
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    To tell the truth, the Museum is not so interesting but you can get some informations about the history of the Abbey. You can see a statue of Károly the IV. (Habsburg), the last hungarian king who spent in this abbey his last day in Hungary, with his wife, queen Zita.
    The lapidary is more interesting: you can see here a couple of old statues from the XI-XII. century, reconstructed parts of old and destroyed churches and monasteries found by the archeologists.

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    Visiting Tihany with bicycle-part I-Balatonfüred

    by 1courage Updated Aug 24, 2007

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    A cute little port
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    This time I visited Tihany alone. Why? Well, there were 2 simple reasons.
    1. Tihany is not far away from Balatonfüred, so I allways go there with bicycle. It`s about 15 kilometers (going there and than return) and twice you must climb a hill, wich isn`t easy, so my idea wasn`t appreciated too much. Who cares:)
    2. In Balatonfüred only 1 of our 3 bikes works:) The other 2? Better not to talk about:)
    So, I descended from the hill and at the ridiculous artificial Greek village I crossed the main road wich goes parallelly with the lake Balaton for a while and diverge only where the Tihany Peninsula on wich my destination is located, begins. Here the road splits in two and only a little street goes into the Peninsula. Unfortunately also the Bicycle way which girdles around all the Balaton lake, goes in the other direction.
    The bicycle way is very calm, you can go slowly and enjoy the beauties of the Balaton shore...

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    The Tihany Mole

    by 1courage Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    The mole with the Abbey
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    And yes, of course, at the Tihany mole the swans suddenly reappeared:). The mole itself is beneath the hill on wich the Abbey can be found. Believe me, it was a really hard job going up there with the bike so I first I sat down and ate&drank something before continuing my trip. You can find some bars, cheap restaurants here: the Balaton is not cheap, but the prices aren`t at all high in comparison to other european lakes and seas, on the contrary-in the restaurants you can eat very well and spend relatively few.
    On my pics you can see, how perfectly clean the water is. This is why I prefer swimming in lakes instead of the seas: my family and me lived in Rome for years but we couldn`t get used to the salt in the sea-water. So we prefered the Barcciano lake instead of the Lido di Ostia sea beach. The water of the Balaton is so clean that you can drink it if you want.

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    The "paprika" house

    by 1courage Updated Aug 5, 2007

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    The house with the Abbey
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    It`s impossible not mentioning the so called "Paprika house".
    As You probably know, the hungarian cuisine is unimaginable without the red paprika.
    In this house, one of the most advertized in Tihany, you can buy all kinds of paprikas-sweet and hut.
    And than you can climb the stairs nearby to reach the Abbey itself-->

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    Visiting Tihany with bicycle part II-Free beach

    by 1courage Updated Aug 4, 2007

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    The free beach
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    After about 4 kilometres from Balatonfüred and not much after the deviation at the Tihany Peninsula I saw the beach wich is very popular amongst the people who don`t want to pay the entrance fee, 550 HUF (2,20 EUR) in Balatonfüred. This part of the shore is by the way quite little. This is why it seems to be more familiar and tranquil.
    I stopped here only to take some photos; soon I left the free-beach and after a couple of minutes....-->

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