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Review of Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral

Esztergom Basilica / Cathedral
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Danube Bend Day Trip from Budapest
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Esztergom
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Owner description: Built in the first half of the nineteenth century, the largest cathedral in Hungary incorporates the red marble Rakocz Chapel, a fine example of Renaissance art.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

For starters, I didn't know that the Basilica is the third largest in the world, after St Peter's in Rome and London's St Paul's. Secondly, despite its immense size, it has an intimate feel with so many beautiful side chapels, conveying both serenity and deep spirituality. It is also, in many respects, a museum of Hungary's rich and vibrant faith, with the Treasury and also the Crypt not to be missed. The former is reached by arduous climbing of many narrow internal stairs, an exercise not for the faint of heart. But, once there, you'll be dazzled by the richness of the archiepiscopal croziers, chasubles, pectoral crosses, chalices and other indices of the exalted status of the Primate of All Hungary, whose Basilica Esztergom is. As to the latter, don't miss it! It costs separately, but for 1700 Hungarian Florints (adult price) you can see the works: the crypt, the treasury, the cupola (450 narrow steps, but what a view from the top!), and the cathedral (although the cathedral, of course, is free on its own). The crypt is where the Cardinal-Primates are entombed in Cathedral-like spaces, with a simple avenue of Doric columns reminiscent of an Egyptian temple (except the temperature on a hot summer's day was noticeably cooler in the crypt than outside) leading to a simple altar immediately behind which, festooned with the Hungarian-coloured ribbons and wreaths, is the memorial to the tragic and inspirational, indeed revered, Cardinal Mindzenty. One of the Basilica's other treasures is the organ on which Franz Liszt ("Ferenc" is Hungarian for "Franz/Francis") played his own composition at the dedication of this immense edifice in the mid-19th. Century, when it replaced the original which theconquering Ottoman Turks despoiled centuries before.

Visited September 2013
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Like home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

The Primatial Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed Into Heaven and St Adalbert is an ecclesiastic basilica in Esztergom, Hungary, 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.

I love this place. I went to college to Esztergom, about 100 m from the Cathedral. The view to Slovakia is amazig from there :)

Visited October 2012
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Charlotte, NC
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“Large Catherdral in Small City”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

The Cathedral in Esztergom is large and beautiful and houses many treasures. It is located about an hour from Budapest and is a very impressive church. With the Bishop located there it is the center of the catholic church. The treasury is also located on the cathedral grounds with many impressive artifacts.

Visited July 2013
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“Worth the trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Esztergom is the the seat of the Hungarian Roman Catholic Church. Less than an hour's drive from Budapest, it is a lovely little town on the Slovak border.The Basilica is the largest in Hungary and was rebuilt in 1856 after being destroyed by the Turks.It is a rather uphill climb to this lovely Basilica. There are nice frescoes and paintings, including the largest painting in the world on a single canvas. The views of the Danube from the top are breathtaking. Absolutely worth the trip!

Visited June 2013
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“Impressive church!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

This basilica is one of the biggest there is. It is just beautiful to look at the various frescos / wall paintings and glass windows. It was good to reach by car after visiting Szentendre. We just visited the church and the crypta. Though I didn't liked that you had to pay for all parts of that signt extra in case you wanted to see it. When we decided to do the crypta as well they sold us the tickets. As soon as we were down a old lady told us to hurry since the crypta closes now. So whats the point for selling tickets then? So just keep the time in mind when you buy tickets.

Visited August 2013
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