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"TIHANY" Top 5 Page for this destination Hungary Favorite Tip by cobrioc

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  Abbey Church
by cobrioc

Favorite thing: Tihany is a peninsula on the nothern side of Lake Balaton, the largest shallow lake in the Central European region. Tihany is also the name of the village located on the top of the hill. Both Tihany peninsula and the village has many historical interests including an early Iron Age fortress and the Tihany Abbey founded in the 11th century.
Tihany is one of the oldest settlements in the region. The church and the monastery was founded in 1055 by King Andrew I., who is buried here

Fondest memory: Freshwater is arriving from the west, from river Zala and crystal clear creeks feed the lake from the north too. The excess water is given away by the Sio chanal. In every 2 years the water of the lake is totally replaced. According to an old legend, deep in the muddle of Lake Balaton, there is a church with a girl inside, who is feed in the silky waters of the lake with her tears. Allegedly there will be water in the lake as long as the girl is weeping. Volcanic activity also contributed to the transformation of the region - big basalt columns make testimony from that age.

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  • Updated Jul 27, 2003
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