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Esztergom-crowning City Of Hungary

Esztergom, Hungary

Esztergom-crowning City Of Hungary

The Ister-Granum Euroregion is situated at the crossroads of the wander ways of nations and cultures, at the heart of Central Europe, also the middle of Europe. This picturesque area is the land of kings, scientists, and artists where three rivers, the Danube, the Hron, and the Ipoly join their waters.

Nature and history shaped a peerlessly exciting culture along these rivers. Since 11 October 2001, the date of the repeated handover of the Mária Valéria bridge, this culture-land offers its sights and beauty to the visitors as a unified region. The Ister-Granum Euroregion, bearing the name of the two rivers, the Danube and the Hron, offers its visitors an experience of borderless relaxation with the hallmark of European spirituality.

The Ister-Granum Euroregion is situated on the Hungarian-Slovakian border. Its area is over 2,000 m2 and the population exceeds 200,000 inhabitants. With the Mária Valéria bridge between Esztergom and Štúrovo (Párkány) as its heart, the region forms a natural geographical unit.

Over a third of the Ister-Granum Euroregion is a natural preservation area. Tourists can become familiar with the waterlife of the Tát Islands and the Paris Swamp, the rare plants and game of huge forests, and the picturesque mountain scenery walking along study paths and hiking trails.

The Basilica

The monumental Basilica, built between 1822 and 1869 is the largest church in the country. In the sacrarium, one can admire Grigoletti’s altarpiece, titled ‘Maria’s ascension’, which is the largest painting on a single canvas (13*6,5 m) of the whole world.

The only medieval building of the cathedral that prevailed, one of the most magnificent buildings of the Renaissance era, the Bakócz chapel was built in the southern side of the Basilica.

The shrines of high priests and burial places of archbishops can be found in the crypt below the church. This is also where Primate József Mindszenty’s relics were laid on 4 May 1991. Since then, the undercroft (crypts) has become a popular pilgrim destination.

Cathedral Treasury

In the upstairs rooms of the Basilica, visitors can admire the masterpieces of the world-famous Cathedral Treasury. Hungary’s richest religious treasury, goldsmith, and textile collection are significant on a worldwide scale. The most important pieces of the filigrees are the coronation cross from the Arpad era, (This is what Hungarian kings swore on at the coronation ceremony.) and the Mathias calvary, which is made of gold and decorated with pearls, jewels.

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