Esztergom Basilica

Arrived at the Esztergom Basilica.

Arrived at the Esztergom Basilica.

Square and souvenir shops in front of Esztergom Basilica.

Square and souvenir shops in front of Esztergom Basilica.

Esztergom Basilica

Esztergom Basilica, Esztergom Our Lady and St. Adalbert’s Cathedral.

Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in front of the cathedral.

Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in front of the cathedral.

Esztergom Basilica is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest, and the seat of the Catholic Church in Hungary. It is dedicated to the Saint Mary of the Assumption and Saint Adalbert.

Adalbert of Prague

Adalbert of Prague

Adalbert of Prague (c. 956 – 23 April 997) was a Bohemian missionary and Christian saint. He was the Bishop of Prague and a missionary to the Hungarians, Poles, and Prussians, who was martyred in his efforts to convert the Baltic Prussians to Christianity. He baptized Géza of Hungary and his son Stephen in Esztergom.          Esztergom Basilica is the largest church, and the tallest building, in Hungary. It is 118 m long and 49 m wide. It has a reverberation time of more than 9 seconds.

Local musician, he is playing folk music in front of the cathedral.

Local musician, he is playing folk music in front of the Esztergom cathedral.

Memorial of List Ferenc. August 31st 1856 he composed "Mass of Esztergom" and actually played it In the cathedral.

Memorial of List Ferenc. August 31st 1856 he composed “Mass of Esztergom” and actually played it in the cathedral.

Interior of the Cathedral

Interior of the Esztergom Cathedral

Altarpiece of Esztergom Basilica. Assumption, the body and soul of Our Lady into heaven.

Altarpiece of Esztergom Basilica. Assumption, the body and soul of Our Lady into heaven.

The altarpiece (13.5 × 6.6 metres, depicting the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) is the largest painting in the world painted on a single piece of canvas.

Dome and Ceiling of Esztergom Basilica

Dome and Ceiling of Esztergom Basilica

The basilica is also known for Bakócz Chapel (named after Tamás Bakócz), built by Italian masters between 1506–1507 out of red marble of Süttő, its walls adorned with Tuscan Renaissance motifs. It is the most precious remaining example of Renaissance art in Hungary.

The high altar of Bakócz Chapel with the devotional picture.

The high altar of Bakócz Chapel with the devotional picture.

Tamás Bakócz (1442 – 1521) was a Hungarian archbishop, cardinal and statesman. He was an archbishop of Esztergom (1497).

The altar is for religious people who were tortured and killed during the Hungarian communism era. The human skull, murdered in that age.

The altar is for religious people who were tortured and killed during the Hungarian communism era. The human skull, murdered in that age.

Chapel of Hungarian Jesuit Péter Pázmány. Altar of St. Istvan. Beautiful Ceiling and Organ of Esztergom Basilica.

Chapel of Hungarian Jesuit Péter Pázmány. Altar of St. Istvan. Beautiful Ceiling and Organ of Esztergom Basilica.

Staircase to the crypt; We are getting down the stairs.

Staircase to the crypt; We are getting down the stairs.

Crypt of Esztergom Basilica.

Crypt of Esztergom Basilica.

The huge crypt, built in Old Egyptian style in 1831, is today the resting place of late archbishops, among others, József Mindszenty, famous for his opposition to both Nazi and Communist rule.

Cemetery of József Mindszenty in the Crypt of Esztergom Basilica.

Cemetery of József Mindszenty in the Crypt of Esztergom Basilica.

After Esztergom Basilica, we are going to the Esztergom castle museum.

Esztergom Castle Museum next to the Basilica

Esztergom Castle Museum next to the Basilica

Entrance of Esztergom Castle Museum

Esztergom Royal Palace Museum

The origin of the castle is unknown but this part of the palace was built in the time of King Béla III (1148 – 1196).

Entrance of Esztergom Castle Museum

Entrance of Esztergom Royal Palace Museum

Courtyard of the Esztergom Royal Palace.

Courtyard of the Esztergom Royal Palace.

Most parts of the palace were explored and restored in the period between 1934 and 1938, but even today there are archeological excavations in progress.

Exhibition Rooms of Esztergom Royal Palace Museum.

Exhibition Rooms of Esztergom Royal Palace Museum.

Exhibition of the Esztergom Royal Palace Museum.

Exhibition of the Esztergom Royal Palace Museum.

Exhibition of the Esztergom Castle Museum.

Exhibition of the Esztergom Castle Museum.

Since we were running out of time, so we were walking through in the Esztergom Royal Palace Museum hastily.

Observation Platform of the Esztergom Royal Palace.

Observation Platform of the Esztergom Royal Palace.

Really beatiful scenery from the belvedere of the Esztergom Royal Palace.

Really beatiful scenery from the belvedere of the Esztergom Royal Palace.

After this we are going to the old town of Visegrád on the right bank of the Danube.

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