Kalocsa Hungary

After leaning the Hungary history at the Historical Memorial Park, we are going to the old capital of Kalocsa.

Going up north on the Great Hungarian Plain.

Going up north on the Great Hungarian Plain.

We cross the St. Ladislaus Bridge over the Danube.

We cross the St. Ladislaus Bridge over the Danube.

St. Ladislaus (Ladislaus I : 1040 – 1095) was King of Hungary and Croatia. He was canonized on 27 June 1192. According to the legends Ladislaus was a pious knight-king, “the incarnation of the late-medieval Hungarian ideal of chivalry.” He is a popular saint in Hungary and neighboring countries, where many churches are dedicated to him.

From the river of Danube, going to east on the Pusta and arrived at the town of Kalocsa.

From the river of Danube, going to east on the Pusta and arrived at the town of Kalocsa.

Kalocsa is a town in Bács-Kiskun County. Historically it was a center of politics and the economy. Now it is a quiet country town. It has a population 16 136 (2015 census).

We have lunch at a restaurant on the bank of Danube. Kék Duna Vendéglő (Blue Danube Restaurant).

We have lunch at a restaurant on the bank of Danube. Kék Duna Vendéglő (Blue Danube Restaurant).

Kalocsa is situated in a marshy but highly productive district, near the left bank of the Danube River. The main industry of the town is spice, paprika and pepper, wine production and raising flowers. Folk art (embroidery) is also famous.

After lunch, we are going to the Folk Art Center. Bátyai Street, Bus station, Széchenyi Street and Zöldfa utca (Green Wood Street).

After lunch, we are going to the Folk Art Center. Bátyai Street, Bus station, Széchenyi Street and Zöldfa utca (Green Wood Street).

HOUSE OF FOLK ARTS

HOUSE OF FOLK ARTS

This building was donated by a charitable person in 1952 to the city. The house is 200 years old. The farm-house was built on a small hill in order to be protected from potential floods due to the adjacency of River Danube. It was constructed of adobe which kept the rooms warm in winter and cool in summer.

Entering the gate is the courtyard. Exhibition room on the left. A souvenir shop in the center. Management office on the right.

Entering the gate is the courtyard. Exhibition room on the left. A souvenir shop in the center. Management office on the right.

The house was roofed with thatch, the chimney symbolized the power of the Catholic Church.

Folk Craft House. This house was originally a peasant's home.

Folk Craft House. This house was originally a peasant’s home.

The first three rooms present the former peasant lifestyle in its original form, and the forth room is the former pantry, now a small exhibition displaying the development of the Kalocsa folk art.

Guest room, kitchen, living room, and former storage room (now a folk art exhibition room)

Guest room, kitchen, living room, and former storage room (now a folk art exhibition room)

Exhibits of embroidery

Exhibits of embroidery. Nice, isn’t it?

Souvenir shop

Souvenir shop

Got some goods at the shop, we are walking to the Kalocsa cathedral. It will take 15 minutes.

The street in front of the Folk Art House, Kossuth Lajos Street and Pál Tomori College.

The street in front of the Folk Art House, Kossuth Lajos Street and Pál Tomori College.

We arrived at the Trinity Square. Here are Pál the Tomori College, the St. Mary Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. Let’s explore immediately.

Trinity Square, Holy Trinity Column and Pál Tomori College

Trinity Square, Holy Trinity Column and Pál Tomori College

St. Mary Cathedral Kalocsa

St. Mary Cathedral Kalocsa

Assumption Cathedral, Kalocsa also usually called St. Mary Cathedral serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. In 1050 the first church was built; it was destroyed several times over the centuries. The current cathedral was built on the remains of the previous churches, and was built between 1728 and 1774 in Baroque style.

Inside of St. Mary's Cathedral; Altar, Altarpiece, Painting on the Ceiling and Pipe-organ.

Inside of St. Mary’s Cathedral; Altar, Altarpiece, Painting on the Ceiling and Pipe-organ.

Square in front of the Cathedral, World War I Monument and Statue of St. Istvan Kalocsa.

Square in front of the Cathedral, World War I Monument and Statue of St. Istvan (Stephen) Kalocsa.

Archiepiscopal Palace

Archiepiscopal Palace

After this, we have to leave this little old city. I really love like this country town. It has a full of history. I’d like to stay in the city longer.

Saint Stephen (István) Road.

Saint Stephen (István) Road. We are leaving this old city Kalocsa.

Sayonara, the town of Kalocsa. See you again!

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