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Kalocsa, Archbishop's Palace

Built in 1776 on the site of a medieval castle. Unfortunately, you could only get in to see its huge collection of manuscripts if you were in a group.

Kalocsa is situated on Hungary's Great Plain and is the center of the country's paprika-producing region. It's also famous for its flowery handiwork, which was one of the main reasons I wanted to visit. They say this town is a popular stop for cruise boats on the Danube, but quite frankly, I can't even imagine what tourists do there as the place isn't really set up for visitors. There were only two of us, so we couldn't tour the palace; the famous cathedral was closed for extensive restoration; the famed Paprika Museum was tiny and dingy; the synagogue was closed and decrepit; the House of Folk Arts could have been nice but was quite dark; and I only found one place selling the famous Kalocsa embroidery, and quite frankly, Budapest has better examples of it.

In short, I wouldn't recommend Kalocsa as a tourist destination, unless you have absolutely nothing else to do. I did get a few pictures from there to make it worth the two-hour drive, so it wasn't a total disappointment.

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Frank Tran15-Nov-2012 22:59
Excellent composition! V+
Patrick F11-Nov-2012 01:41
Excellent capture of this castle with very nice architecture!!! V+++++++
J S Quesada10-Nov-2012 23:37
Sounds like a disappointing day trip, but at least this building is really nice. It looks great from this point of view. V
Chris Spracklen10-Nov-2012 23:17
A very well taken shot of this grand building, Helen.
Excellent exposure, with no burnout. *V*
Walter Otto Koenig10-Nov-2012 17:04
Very nicely composed from this vantage point. Great clarity and detail. "V"
Jim Coffman10-Nov-2012 13:24
A very fine capture and well composed,Helen!
Milan Vogrin10-Nov-2012 12:16
Very nice photo!
Stephanie10-Nov-2012 12:11
Too bad about your experience in Kalocsa; however, you did capture a beautiful image of this palace! V