From Kalocsa, we are going to the city of Kecskemét through the Alföld Pusta (Great Hungarian Plain). It will take an hour 30 minutes (85 km). The scenery is amazing.
Kecskemét [ˈkɛt͡ʃkɛmeːt] is a city in the central part of Hungary. It is the 8th largest city in the country and almost equal distance from the two big rivers of the country, the Danube and the Tisa. The name of the city stems from the Hungarian word kecske, meaning “goat”. It has a population of 111,724 (2016 census). Major industries of Kecskemét are agriculture (wheat, apricot, red pepper, tomato raising), cattle breeding and wine brewing industry. The German automobile manufacturer Daimler AG opened a plant nearby Kecskemét in 2012, which is expected to create 3,000 new jobs in the region.
The Co-Cathedral of the Ascension of the Lord also called Kecskemét Cathedral or the Great Church is the Catholic Church located in the city of Kecskemét and serves as the Co-Cathedral or alternate cathedral of the Archdiocese of Kalocsa-Kecskemét. It is dedicated to the Ascension of Christ. Let’s leave the hotel and enter the church.
The church was built between 1774 and 1806 in the Baroque style and remains the largest church in the Pannonian Plain.
Left the cathedral, we are hanging around Kossuth Square. There are many historical and interesting buildings here.
Opposite the Town Hall, there is the Franciscan St. Nicholas Church that was built in the 14th century. It was used both by Catholics and Protestants until 1564.It’s strange.
Kodály was born in Kecskemét, learned to play the violin as a child.
Ever since it’s opening in 1975, the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music has been a distinguished international centre for advanced studies in Kodály-based music education and music teacher training.
After the Zoltán Kodály Institute, we are walking to the famous Katona József Theatre.
Hungary was dismantled in the Treaty of Trianon 1920 and the Kingdom of Hungary was reduced to the same extent as the present Hungarian Republic by about one third in terms of area.
Katona József Theatre was built in 1896 and named after the famous dramatist, native of the town, József Katona, who was the writer of the first Hungarian national drama. The Column of the Holy Trinity in front of the theatre was made in 1742. It is a memorial of the epidemic of Black Death that took a heavy toll on the population.
The Hungarian Revolution or the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 was a nationwide revolt against the government of the Hungarian People’s Republic and its Soviet-imposed policies, lasting from 23 October until 10 November 1956.
The uprising was immediately suppressed by the Soviet forces, in the process thousands of civilians were killed and nearly 250,000 people fled to the country as refugees. Karl Marx is a philosopher who does not know humans.
We are still strolling around the old town of Kecskemét.
The Lutheran Church, located on the Arany János Street, was built in the Romanesque style in 1863.
It is already past 6 PM. I am very tired. “Let’s go to the hotel and take a rest a little.”