Esztergom city was already populated in the Roman times, under the name Salvio Mansio. The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius were written here. After the arrival of the Hungarians to the territory Prince Geza made the place its residence in 972, and this date is considered the founding of Esztergom as well. Our King St. Stephen was born and christened here and made the city later on an Archiepiscopal Centre.
By the 15th century the city became a religious and cultural centre,several Kings, scientists and artists, recognized all over Europe visited the place. The Turks occupied it in 1543 and regained its freedom only after 1683. Building of the Cathedral started afterwards.
The Maria Valeria Bridge connecting Esztergom and Parkany(now Sturovo, Slovakia) was built in 1893. The bridge was bombed up in the Second World War and rebuilt only in 2001.
The Cathedral of Esztergom is Europe’ s largest cathedral. You can see the Bakocz Chapel here, that is our only building from Hungarian renaissance age that remained intact.
- Esztergom Cathedral
- City Hall
- Turkish buildings, Churches
Don’ t forget to climb up the stairs inside the cathedral. You will enjoy a spectacular view of the city!Back