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Basilica of Esztergom
Church of Eztergom
Esztergom is a city locates in the North of Hungary, in the region of Komárom-Esztergom. Located on the Danube River banks, it was the capital of Hungary until the king Bela IV moved it to Budapest, in the thirteenth century. The city is famous for its huge cathedral, the largest in the country and its museum of religious art. Its name means in Old Slavonic, "guard post". Its origins as a settlement date back to 350 BC when the Celts settled on the hill.
N 47º 47' 58''
E 18º 44' 15''
The Basilica of Esztergom, built between 1822 and 1869, is the country's largest church with 118 meters long, 47 wide and 97 meters high. Highlights include a chapel, called Bakócz, one of the oldest Renaissance buildings in the world than in Italy and the altar, designed by Michelangelo Grigoletti. The basilica houses the richest religious treasure of the country, including the cross of the coronation of the time of Arpad, and the ordeal of Mathias, in gold and decorated with pearls and precious stones, among many others.
The Royal Castle of Esztergom is located next to the Basilica and is the only building built in stone preserved in Hungary. The castle houses a museum that shows medieval artifacts and explains the history of the city. Especially interesting is the room of St. Stephen Roman style, and the royal chapel of early Gothic style.
Housed on the second floor of the palace of the primate, was founded in 1875 by Archbishop János Simor, and contains the largest ecclesiastical collection in the country. Exhibits collections of medieval Hungary, sculptures, Italian painting from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, German painting, Austrian and Baroque painting. Also well known are the tapestries of the XV to XVII centuries that displays the museum. Among the most famous pieces highlights the altar of 1427 by Tamas Kolozsvári of Galambszentbenedek.
- The abbey is open from 9 to 17h.
- Admission is € 5.