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Pannonhalma, Hungary

Pannonhalma-The legendary Archabbey

The Benedictine Pannonhalma Archabbey or Territorial Abbey of Pannonhalma is the most notable landmark in Pannonhalma and one of the oldest historical monuments in Hungary, founded in 996. It is located near the town, on top of a hill. Saint Martin of Tours is believed to have been born at the foot of this hill, hence its former name, Mount of Saint Martin ,from which the monastery occasionally took the alternative name of Márton-hegyi Apátság. This is the second largest territorial abbey in the world, after the one in Monte Cassino.
 
Its notable sights include the Basilica with the Crypt  the Cloisters, the monumental Library with 360,000 volumes, the Baroque Refectory  and the Archabbey Collection 
Today there are about 50 monks living in the monastery. The abbey is supplemented by the Benedictine High School, a boys' boarding school.

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