This not very big, but very caracteristic church was built in romantic style on the projects of József Szentirmai in 1860 and it was the bishop Ranolder to commission it. In 1926 a chapel was added to it. In 1948 the communists wanted to take it away from the catholic church and it was the legendary cardinal Mindszenty to withold it. If you want to return to the Szabadság square, go up on the Óváry street (it begins right at the church) and you will arrive in 5 minutes. Than you can finally head towards the main square and to the Veszprém castle.
On the Main square you can find the City hall built in eclectic style at the end of the XIX. century. You can see the Fire tower from here. There is a cute fountain (quite famous in Hungary) that represents a lady who is sheding water from a jug. From this place you can quit the main square (there is a street that goes down-see pic 4), but it`s better going on towards the Castle...-->
If you go to the other side of the City park you cannot pass by the very original neo-gothic building of the City Bibliotheque After taking a look at it, if you turn to the right, and walk about 60-70 metres on the Iskola street and you will see a very particular romantic-neo gothic church...(see pic n.IV)-->
....the County Hall. This enormous and fancy late-eclectical building was constructed at the end of the XIX. century (it was finished in 1886). Here you can find lots of offices, but it can be visited inside only if there are concerts in the evening. This is a real pity, because I`ve heard that the concert hall is fabulously ornated. It`s really hard to take a photo of this building even from outside, because it`s near the park of the city and the trees cover it. The city park nearby is really fabulous, see next tip...-->
If You arrive to the little street that goes to the main square of Veszprém, you will see some very lovely houses and restaurants.
Here you got 2 choices.
1. (The wrong)go immediately to the castle
2. (The good choice) See the other parts of the city
This part is the very centre of the city. However it`s well worth taking a look to the other parts of the innercity. You cannot miss the street-you will shortly see a huge white building, one of the finest architectual masterpiece of the city....-->
This church (consacrated to Saint Margareth of the Árpád dynasty) isn`t originally baroque and it`s not even very old. It was built at the first part of the XX.century. It can be seen even from the viaduct. In fact, in Veszprém the churches are mostly constructed on the highest points of a mount. In importance and size it`s not to be compared with Rome, but, like the Ethernal city, also Veszrpém was built on 7 mounts: the Vár-mount, Benedek-mount, Jeruzsálem- mount, Temető (cemetery)-mount, Gulya-mount, Kálvária-mount, Cserhát-mount.
This church itself is not very richly decorated, but it`s internals and colours are very wellcomeing. It`s surely worth a visit. Even if the church can not allways be found open-you can enter the main door to see the internals.
Returning to the innercity could be hard and weary. Just see on pic five, how sheer the street wich goes up is. This is why I wrote as "Con" the fact that Veszprém is quite hilly, but to be said that the public transport is not bad at all.
Nonetheless all the way up you can see nice buildings and views, so it`s worthwile not to take the bus, especially if you take a one day visit, like I used to do.
Well, that was it. I hope you`ve enjoyed this virtual visit to Veszprém, the city of the Queens, of stunning views and of a lovely Castle.
On the main square you can see almost every architectual style that caracterize the last 3 centuries of Hungary: baroque, copf, classical, eclectical and secessionist buildings.
They are mostly owned by a Bank or an insurance company, but you can also find some good restaurants and bars here.
In the very well kept city Park you can find two nice statues, a theatre and of course lots of green:
1. The Erzsébet/statue (Queen Elisabeth-Sissy)
2. The Petőfi theatre, built in popular secessionist style on plans of Medgyaszay István in 1908.
3. And near the theatre the Petőfi statue. Petőfi is one of the biggest hungarian poets, and he was an actor himself. A curiosity: he died exactly on the day I write his tip, on the 31th of july 1849 in a battle at Segesvár.
4. You can see here a section of the old external city walls
At the end of the Vár street, near the Saint Michael`s cathedral you can see some further exellent baroque and classical buildings.
I put in some more images, to show you, how these buildings look like.
The Veszprém Castle has a main street wich goes straight from the Castle gate to the other extremity of the zone. There is furthermore a square (Holy trinity square), where you find the Cathedral, the Holy Trinity monument, the Franciscan church, the Gizella chapel and the Archbishop`s palace. The other streets of the castle aren`t very big.
After the devastations of the XVI-XVII. centuries almost the entire street was rebuilt in the XVIII. century in baroque style, but there are some eclectical buildings as well. Fortunately some very percious medieval parts of the castle survived the turkish wars.
To enjoy the views, you must do about 70-80 steps in the spiral staircase. Once you`re arrived to the top, you can read some interesting facts about the history of the tower and you can see some old images as well. Than just take a turn around the tower and enjoy the great 360 degrees panoramaical view on the city.
First watch the city itself, than...-->
From the István&Gizella statue go back to the Cathedral. At the back you will shortly see a way down and stairs: those bring you down to the Cross. This place gives you an awesome view to the castle and of course great photo taking opportunities to the castle and to the rest of Veszprém.
Please see my "warnings or danger" tips!
From this point of the castle you can see the lower parts of the city and the Bakony mountain. These houses are mostly newly constructed (far not allways), but they have a very typical style-I just love thos red rooftops. On the other pic you see a cliff with a cross. I suggest you to there (like almost every tourist does, because of the great views of the castle.
To go there...-->
This neo romanesque double-statue, representing I. István (Saint Stephen) and Gizella, his wife erected in 1938 in the past 69 years has become the symbol of Veszprém. The year was note a pure coincidence: István died in 1038 and that year was the 900th anniversary. The city invited the sculptor József Ispánky to create this monument wich was located at the northern extremity of the Veszprém castle wich is close to the Cathedral. On the second pic you see the end of the Vár street, while on the main pic you see the statue itself in big.
The views from this place are really stunning!....-->