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Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Around Hungary >> Csenger: A Most Distinctive Border Town tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Csenger: A Most Distinctive Border Town

Csenger is a sleepy town on the Romanian border with Hungary. It was a 10-hour round trip by car for us, but I had been wanting for a long time to see a Greek Catholic church there designed by the late Hungarian organic architect Imre Makovecz. Much to my surprise, there were five Makovecz creations (and then some) in this small town. Apparently some mayor had commissioned Makovecz to design a series of buildings to revitalize the town, which had lost its prominence when the former county seat ended up being part of Romania. There were other tourists in town as well photographing his work, so I would say the mayor had a good deal of foresight. We found other charming buildings here as well, and some delightful people who pointed out (and even took us to) his buildings.

To see more of Imre Makovecz's spectacular organic designs, go to http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/makovecz
Greek Catholic church by Imre Makovecz
Greek Catholic church by Imre Makovecz
Elementary school by Imre Makovecz
Elementary school by Imre Makovecz
Elementary school hall
Elementary school hall
Public library by Imre Makovecz
Public library by Imre Makovecz
Sports hall by Imre Makovecz
Sports hall by Imre Makovecz
Adventist church by Imre Makovecz
Adventist church by Imre Makovecz
Adventist church, interior
Adventist church, interior
Makovecz-esque park entrance
Makovecz-esque park entrance
Home for the elderly
Home for the elderly
Reformed church (14th century)
Reformed church (14th century)
Reformed church (14th century)
Reformed church (14th century)
Bank/bank
Bank/bank
The Catholic church in town
The Catholic church in town
Transylvanian-style hospital
Transylvanian-style hospital
Solid looking building
Solid looking building
Main street grazing
Main street grazing
Transylvanian architecture
Transylvanian architecture