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Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Around Hungary >> Esztergom: Hungary's 'Sacred' City tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Esztergom: Hungary's 'Sacred' City

Esztergom was where St. István, the first king of Hungary, was crowned, on Christmas Day in the year 1000. Leveled by the Mongol invasion 250 years later, it was rebuilt in the 18th-19th centuries. It is still the seat of the archbishop of Hungary and is dominated by its enormous basilica. Among its features are a 10th century royal castle that subsequently housed the archbishops until it was sacked by the Ottomans, the charming Viziváros (Watertown) district on the Danube, a restored mosque, an old town with many interesting buildings and a re-purposed synagogue.

NOTE: THIS IS A GALLERY IN PROGRESS
Esztergom Basilica
Esztergom Basilica
Royal palace (10th century)
Royal palace (10th century)
Christian Museum
Christian Museum
Viziváros, plague statue
Viziváros, plague statue
A street in Viziváros
A street in Viziváros
Viziváros, partially restored minaret
Viziváros, partially restored minaret
Restored mosque (17th century)
Restored mosque (17th century)
Restored mosque
Restored mosque
Hungary's Great Basilica at Esztergom
:: Hungary's Great Basilica at Esztergom ::
Viziváros Parish Church (1728), Christian Museum
Viziváros Parish Church (1728), Christian Museum
Old seminary
Old seminary
10th century Royal Palace in sun
10th century Royal Palace in sun
Royal Palace and Castle Museum
Royal Palace and Castle Museum
Replica of portal long since gone
Replica of portal long since gone
Inside the royal palace, original pillar
Inside the royal palace, original pillar
Baptism of Szent István
Baptism of Szent István
Gravestone, 1st century
Gravestone, 1st century
Old throne
Old throne
Sword from the Ottoman occupation
Sword from the Ottoman occupation
Royal Palace and Castle Museum, blending new with old
Royal Palace and Castle Museum, blending new with old
Repurposed synagogue
Repurposed synagogue
Synagogue
Synagogue
And then there was (sun)light!
And then there was (sun)light!
Wooden steeple
Wooden steeple
St. Anne's Church (Round Church)
St. Anne's Church (Round Church)
Széchenyi Tér buildings
Széchenyi Tér buildings
Széchenyi Tér, Justice building
Széchenyi Tér, Justice building
Széchenyi Tér, bank building
Széchenyi Tér, bank building
Széchenyi Tér, elegant doors
Széchenyi Tér, elegant doors
Széchenyi Tér, Post Office
Széchenyi Tér, Post Office
A run-down City Hall
A run-down City Hall
City Hall, a most unusual balcony
City Hall, a most unusual balcony
Imposing door
Imposing door
Mansion
Mansion
Intricate design
Intricate design
Cherubic guardian
Cherubic guardian
Genial watchman
Genial watchman
1767
1767
Corner house
Corner house
Shadowy street
Shadowy street
Christian Museum, altarpiece (15th century)
Christian Museum, altarpiece (15th century)
Lord's Coffin of Garamszentbenedek (1480)
Lord's Coffin of Garamszentbenedek (1480)
Lord's Coffin of Garamszentbenedek, detail (1480)
Lord's Coffin of Garamszentbenedek, detail (1480)
Christian Museum, altarpiece (15th century)
Christian Museum, altarpiece (15th century)
Christian Museum  (15th century)
Christian Museum (15th century)
Christian Museum  (15th century)
Christian Museum (15th century)
Christian Museum  (15th century)
Christian Museum (15th century)
Christian Museum  (15th century)
Christian Museum (15th century)
Christian Museum  (15th century)
Christian Museum (15th century)
Christian Museum  (15th century)
Christian Museum (15th century)
Christian Museum  (15th century)
Christian Museum (15th century)
Christian Museum  (15th century)
Christian Museum (15th century)
Christian Museum: stove (1570), Salzburg
Christian Museum: stove (1570), Salzburg
Stove (1570), creation of Eve
Stove (1570), creation of Eve
Stove (1570), coat of arms, Samson
Stove (1570), coat of arms, Samson
Stove (1570), Tobias, Archangel Raphael
Stove (1570), Tobias, Archangel Raphael
Christian Museum, tapestry
Christian Museum, tapestry
'St. Stephen and his Works' (1998-2000)
'St. Stephen and his Works' (1998-2000)
Viziváros Parish Church (1728), Christian Museum
Viziváros Parish Church (1728), Christian Museum
When I said the basilica was enormous...
When I said the basilica was enormous...