Planning on hitting the road to explore the intricacies of central Europe? Well, if you are, then we have just the thing for you, for today we are going to talk about the most scintillating religious structures within the bounds of Hungary. While the native tongue is among the most difficult ones to learn in the world, the sights are well worth the effort of trying to make yourself understood. It is highly advised that before you visit Hungary, you get the basics of Hungarian down as language barriers are a real problem there. So, without further ado, let us see what this small central European country can offer us in terms of cathedrals!
1. Vác Cathedral:
Most indubitably one of the most aesthetically pleasing churches in Hungary, the Vác Cathedral (also known as the “Assumption Cathedral”, the “Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and St. Michael the Archangel”, or the “Nagyboldogasszony Székesegyház”) is visited by thousands of tourists each year (a number that you should add to with your presence). Serving as the nucleus of the Diocese of Vác, it was founded under the rulership of Stephen I in 1004. What’s interesting about it is that it has been rebuilt 4 times (this means that it is the fifth incarnation at that location) due to systematic destruction brought either by the Mongols or the Ottomans. The latter faction, for example, completely destroyed what remained of its former walls. Another interesting fact is that it was hit by a Soviet bomb in 1944 (during World War II) and its failure to detonate has been considered a miracle ever since.
2. St Anne’s Cathedral:
Paying a visit to the Hungarian city of Debrecen has countless perks and one of the most notable ones is being able to bask in the brilliance of its St. Anne’s Cathedral. Known officially as the Szent Anna Székesegyház (Hungarian) and affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, it is often referred to as simply the Debrecen Cathedral. Operating as the cathedral of the Diocese of Debrecen-Nyíregyháza and dedicated to Saint Anne, it was commissioned by Cardinal Imre Csáky and built by the Milanese architect Giovanni Battista Carlone in 1721. Three statues can be found upon the façade and they depict Child Jesus, St. Emeric of Hungary, and St. Stephen and the Virgin. Oh, and if you find yourself gawking at the cathedra
3. Nyíregyháza Cathedral:
By the third candidate on our current list, you might have already noticed that Hungary is full of churches. The north-eastern city of Nyíregyháza does not deviate from this platinum standard and the Nyíregyháza Cathedral (also known as “Nyíregyháza St. Nicholas Bishop Greek Catholic Church”) thus becomes one of its most important and endeared sights (yes, the city is not only visited for its exquisite Zoo). Built between the years 1895 and 1897, it solemnly adheres to the Eclectic architectural style. What’s remarkable about it is that it closely resembles a Greek cross and that it used to be the co-cathedral of the Hungarian Catholic Archeparchy of Hajdúdorog (Archidioecesis Haidudoroghensis) between the years 2013 and 2015.
4. Miskolc Cathedral:
Located deep within the bounds of the Hungarian city of Miskolc (the fourth largest city in the country by all standards), the Miskolc Cathedral (also known as “Nagyboldogasszony Püspöki Székesegyház” or “Assumption Cathedral”) serves as the beating nucleus of the Eparchy of Miskolc (Eparchia Miskolcensis or “Miskolci Egyházmegye”). Devoted to the Hungarian rite (also known as the Byzantine rite), it adheres to the majestic standards of the Neo-Gothic architectural style. Built between the years 1902 and 1912, the church was elevated to a cathedral in the year 1924.
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