"Town of Churches - Szentendre" Budapest Off The Beaten Path Tip by csordila
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Szentendre is a small town and easy to access in less than an hour from Budapest by ferry, HÉV train or car.
The town went through a number of reincarnations until, thanks to its complete demolition during its invasion by the Turks, it was rebuilt in the late 17th century with the unified Baroque face that remains today.
The settlers were mostly Serbian insurrectionists fleeing the Ottoman Empire after the fall of Belgrade, followed by Hungarians, Germans, Slovaks, Greeks, Romanians and Dalmatians. They gave the town its Mediterranean overtones, the houses herding up the hillsides, arched gateways leading to quiet courtyards, tangled streets. Baroque Orthodox churches, with their pear-tipped steeples, can be found nowhere else in Hungary.
There are here several restaurants that rival the best in Budapest and its meandering cobblestone streets and steep alleyways lead to over a dozen museums and galleries revealing the scope of 20th-century Hungarian art.
The Ceramic Museum (Kovacs Margit Museum) is the most visited museum in Hungary, where you may face the unique synthesis of folk and Byzantine motifs in the art collection of the wellknown ceramist Margit Kovács. The number of visitors at a time is limited!
Every tour begins at the Main Square, from here none of the museums are more than a 10-minute walk.
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