From Fertőd, running to the west for about 1 hour and 20 minutes (80 km), Pannonhalma Archabbey come into view.
Town Hall of Pannonhalma
Pannonhalma is a town in western Hungary, in Győr-Moson-Sopron County. It has a population of 3960 inhabitants (Jan. 2015). Main industry in this region is dairy and wine brewing.
Arrived in the town of Pannonhalma and walking to the Archabbey.
Pannonhalma Archabbey rises on the top of the Hill of Saint Martin.
Pannonhalma Archabbey new Visitor Centre and Viator Restaurant and Winepub.
From the Visitor Centre, walking to Pannonhalma Benedictine Abbey (the Romanesque church).
Main entrance of Pannonhalma Archabbey and Cross Square in front of the entrance.
Explanation board of the abbey
The Benedictine Pannonhalma Archabbey is a medieval building in a village of Pannonhalma, one of the oldest historical monuments in Hungary. Founded in 996, it is located near the village, on top of a Saint Martin Hill (282 m). Saint Martin of Tours is believed to have been born at the foot of this hill.
Walking to the church of Pannonhalma Archabbey.
Beige house is used for the religious event. Statue of St. Astrik of Pannonhalma (Saint of the 11th century). The yellow building is the house for monks, about 40 monks are currently living. The Benedictine High School of Pannonhalma is an independent Roman Catholic boarding school for boys.
The Basilica of Pannonhalma Archabbey
The 55-meter high bell tower of the basilica.
The present church of Pannonhalma, a crowning achievement of the early Gothic style, was built at the beginning of the 13th century during the reign of Abbot Uros, and was consecrated most likely in 1224. Recent archaeological findings under the floor level of the west end of the basilica date from the 11th century.
The town of Pannonhalma, view from the balcony.
Heaven’s Gate. Let’s go into the church through the Pearly Gate.
Peacock stained glass
Narthex of the St. Martin’s Basilica
Emperor Franz Josef sent this picture to Prince Rudolf as a wedding present.
St. Martin’s Basilica of Pannonhalma Archabbey
Stained glasses of St. Martin’s Basilica
Interior of St. Martin Basilica
Frescos on the ceiling of St. Martin Basilica
Pannonhalma Crypt, with Hapsburg grave inside the Basilica
Leaving the St. Martin’s Basilica; really beautiful stained glasses of the Pannonhalma Archabbey.
Porta Speciosa (Latin; Beautiful Gate) with the fresco of St. Martin
Porta Speciosa was one of the main entrances to the church in the middle Ages. This portal leads to the cloister (quadrum) from the church and it was crafted also in the 13th century.
Cloister (quadrum) of the Archabbey
The cloister was created, under King Matthias’ rule, in 1472. The constructions were probably finished in 1486, as it is testified by the inscription on one of the cornerstones.
From the Basilica walking to the library.
Library of Pannonhalma Archabbey, the construction was finished in the1835.
Statue of Saint Stephen I (István) King of the Pannonians and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor.
As of today, 360,000 volumes are kept in the collection.
The interior of the library.
Pallas Athene (goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare) on the big ceiling fresco in the library.
Left the library and we are going to the arboretum of Pannonhalma Archabbey.
Exit of the library and an open space in the front of it. The path going to the lavender and herb garden.
The arboretum of Pannonhalma Archabbey
Pannonhalma lavender and herb garden. Sweet scent of lavender!
Pannonhalma souvenir shop, my friends purchase lavender oil and some dry lavenders.
After shopping in the gift shop, we are going to the reserved hotel in the city of Győr.