Veszprém is the city of queens
The sight of the city are the castle district
If you are go on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, it is worth visiting Veszprém. Its downtown has been renovated in recent years, so you can take a beautiful walk through the listed buildings and castles. The castle district is the only pedestrian street with palaces, museums and churches. It is worth starting our walk from the Old Town Square, from here the pedestrian street of the castle district opens. The castle district is located on the Castle Hill in Veszprém. The lower continuation of the Castle District is the Benedek Hill, which offers a wonderful panorama, where one of the characteristic points of Veszprém is the cross. Another characteristic building of Veszprém, which can be seen from afar, is the 48-meter-high Fire Tower, which used to serve protection purposes. You have to pay an entrance fee to the tower, but it is worth it due to the wonderful view of Veszprém. It is also worth visiting St. Michael's Cathedral, where Hungarian queens have been crowned for centuries. There are still numerous museums, churches and public sculptures in the old town.
St. Michael's Cathedral and St. George's Chapel
In the northern part of the square is the oldest episcopal cathedral in Hungary, founded around 1000 by King Stephen and Queen Gizella. This cathedral has been home to the coronation of Hungarian queens for centuries. The building was destroyed over the centuries and its foundations, sub-church and Gothic sanctuary are part of the St. Michael's Cathedral built on it. The Romanesque church was later rebuilt in the Gothic style and reborn as a Baroque church after the destruction of the Turkish era. Today's form of the XX. It was formed at the beginning of the 19th century, when, in accordance with the fashion and historicism of the time, the original church was completely rebuilt. Leaving the church in the garden behind the cathedral you will find the oldest architectural monument from the end of the 10th century in the castle quarter.
Archbishop's Palace and Franciscan Church
One of the most beautiful buildings in the castle district is the residence of the archbishop of Veszprém. It was built in 1776 according to the plans of Jakab Fellner. The characteristic feature of the palace is the balcony, which is decorated with an ornate wrought-iron railing. The Franciscan Church, built in 1730, is located near the Archbishop's Palace. At the end of the pedestrian street is a statue of St. Stephen I and Queen Gizella, made in 1938 by József Ispánky on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the king's death. The pair of sculptures became a characteristic of Veszprém.
Gate of Heroes of Veszprém
The Gate of Heroes, which was handed over in 1939 and renovated in 2013, is an exhibition space where visitors can learn about the history of the building and view the monuments on display.
The symbol of Veszprém is the Fire Tower
The Fire Tower of Veszprém (formerly the Watchtower) is one of the symbols of Veszprém and one of the oldest buildings. It is located at the southern end of the castle, 48 meters high.
Veszprém Castle Prison
The castle prison can only be visited by tour giude. During the tour we can walk through the most important rooms of the prison, the cells, the chapel, the command room and the water blocks are also shown.
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