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This is the real highlight of the Tihany abbey: built around 1055 and it remained completely intact during the centuries, while the church and the Abbey were modified and reconstructed several times. Why is it so important?
1. First of all, the memorandum of foundation of the Tihany Abbey is the very first document (still existing) wich contains among the latin words also some hungarians. You can see only a replica here: the original is in the Pannonhalma abbey some 50 km to the North from Tihany (it`s an UNESCO world heritage site: to know more about it, visit please the site http://www.bences.hu/en )
2. Here you can find the tomb of the king András the 1st (1047-1060) who founded this monastery in 1055. The king was deadly wounded in a battle (against his own brother, the latter Béla the 1st), died in the nearby Zirc and his body was brought here.
However the crypt was decorated with paintings by an italian painter, Ambrosio Dornetti in the XVIII. century, and later Károly Lotz modified these paintings, in 1955 these ornaments were all removed (I can`t decide whether this idea was good or not) to illustrate better the ancient times.

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