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Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Around Hungary >> Székesfehérvár, Hungary's Hidden Treasure tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Székesfehérvár, Hungary's Hidden Treasure

We decided to return to Székesfehérvár (in Northern Transdanubia close to Lake Balaton), which we had only had a short time to see a few weeks ago, and we found that it is indeed a charming town. Székesfehérvár was the capital of Hungary for the first 500 years of its existence; the coronation church and the sarcophagus of St. István are still here, and it was the scene of one of the last stands of the German army at the end of World War II. Much of the city was destroyed at that time, but the medieval and baroque old city survived unscathed. Székesfehérvár is off the beaten tourist track, but is well worth a visit for anybody who likes fine architecture, history and just a pleasant place to stroll around.
Bishop's Palace
Bishop's Palace
Fanciful wall
Fanciful wall
St. István's Cathedral, detail
St. István's Cathedral, detail
St. István's Cathedral
St. István's Cathedral
St. Anne's Chapel (15th century)
St. Anne's Chapel (15th century)
Cistercian Church
Cistercian Church
Cistercian Church
Cistercian Church
Cistercian Church
Cistercian Church
City Hall
City Hall
Törvényház (Event Hall), 1902
Törvényház (Event Hall), 1902
Gothic steeple
Gothic steeple
Bory Castle
Bory Castle
Clock at 9 Kossuth St.
Clock at 9 Kossuth St.
Clock, Sts. István and Imre
Clock, Sts. István and Imre
Clock at 9 Kossuth St.
Clock at 9 Kossuth St.
Charming bank building
Charming bank building
Árpád Baths
Árpád Baths
Árpád Baths
Árpád Baths
Secessionist-style building
Secessionist-style building
Secessionist-style door
Secessionist-style door
Quiet residential street
Quiet residential street
Ottoman fountain
Ottoman fountain
Battling the Ottomans
Battling the Ottomans
The gigantic Prohászka church
The gigantic Prohászka church
Elegant window
Elegant window
A window of a different sort
A window of a different sort
Outdoor shrine
Outdoor shrine
Bishop's Palace, detail
Bishop's Palace, detail
New and old: 1843-1994
New and old: 1843-1994
1901
1901
Suspended
Suspended
Town bike ride
Town bike ride
Carmelite Monastery (1769)
Carmelite Monastery (1769)
Carmelite Monastery, organ
Carmelite Monastery, organ
Carmelite Monastery, frescoes by Franz Anton Maulbertsch
Carmelite Monastery, frescoes by Franz Anton Maulbertsch
Carmelite Monastery, pulpit
Carmelite Monastery, pulpit
St. Anne's Chapel (15th century)
St. Anne's Chapel (15th century)
St. István Cathedral
St. István Cathedral
St. István Cathedral
St. István Cathedral
St. István Cathedral, pulpit
St. István Cathedral, pulpit